New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


The latest survey of business opinion from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research indicates that New Zealand business confidence is at its highest level since 1994.


A Washington-based think-tank called ‘The Social Progress Imperative’ has named New Zealand as the most socially advanced country in the world. The group was founded on the belief that true social progress cannot simply be extrapolated from a countries economic statistics (such as GDP).


The International Monetary Fund has released its conclusions from its most recent New Zealand mission. The IMF’s statement highlights a number of positive features of the New Zealand economy: Growth prospects have improved for the near term. Business and consumer confidence is strong and commodity prices for key exports remain high. The government’s plan to return the budget to surplus is on track. The macroeconomic framework remains sound and provides policy space to respond to adverse shocks. The flexible exchange rate continues to serve as an important buffer. Growth is now forecast to increase to 3.5% in 2014.


Known best by her stage name ‘Lorde’, Ella Marija Lani Yellich-O’Connor is a singer-songwriter born and bred in New Zealand. After releasing her debut EP in November 2012, and her first single, “Royals” which debuted at No. 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 charts, she has quickly shot into the lime-light and reached levels of fame and critical praise usually reserved for veteran artists.


31 March, 2014

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed today’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision that Japan’s Southern Ocean whaling programme does not serve the purposes of scientific research, and must cease.

“The ICJ decision sinks a giant harpoon into the legality of Japan’s whaling programme: JARPA II,” Mr McCully says.



Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will lift all its travel sanctions against Fiji.
“The progress that Fiji is making towards holding free and fair deserves recognition from the Pacific region and international community,” Mr McCully says.


 The Government of New Zealand has established the Dr Kawase Scholarship to send two dairy farmers from Hokkaido to an agricultural training centre in New Zealand for 8-9 weeks, to encourage development and technological exchanges of the dairy industries between our two nations.

The New Zealand Embassy is now accepting applications. For details, please refer to the PDF attachment below.


Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been named the winner of this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize. The prize, established in 1979 and often viewd as the 'Nobel' of architecture, is awarded to living architects who have made contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.


New Zealand received a visiting delegation from Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Japan’s leading business advocacy organisation, over 17 – 18 March. 

This group of top business and corporate figures, led by Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura, came to Wellington to discuss the current Asia-Pacific economic situation, opportunities for growth and cooperation between Japanese and New Zealand businesses, and prospects for trade liberalisation under agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  


The New Zealand and Australian Ambassadors wish to announce that an ANZAC Day Memorial Service will be held at the Commonwealth War Cemetery, Hodogaya, Yokohama on Friday 25 April 2014 commencing at 9:00am. 

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