New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


Minister of Finance Hon Bill English made a presentation at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday 11 October to Japanese investors with an interest in New Zealand Government Securities. Among the points highlighted by the Minister were:


On 11 October, New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hon Bill English, who is visiting Japan from 11-13 October for World Bank/IMF meetings, met with the CEO of Konaka Co Ltd, Mr Kensuke Konaka in Tokyo.


To commemorate the launch of his latest photography book “Light Moods South” featuring the imposing yet beautiful natural landscapes of South Island in New Zealand, Japanese photographer and haiku poet MikiNobu Komatsu will be talking about his photography and the beauty of haiku in Daikanyama T-Site Tsutaya Book Store on Thursday 11 October from 19:30.  The event will be joined by his long-time friend and creator Robert Harris and followed by an autograph session.


New Zealand has been announced as host for Round 15 of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations over the period 3-12 December 2012 in Auckland.


 A delegation of 18 from Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, Sealord, Te Ohu Kaimoana and several iwi visited Tokyo for the installation of a set of Maori carvings in the foyer of Nissui’s new Hachioji Innovation Centre.


The Choir and Orchestra of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch will perform a concert in St Ignatius Church, Yotsuya, Tokyo on Sunday 14 October 2012, 3:00pm - 4:00 pm.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Recital Programme

Mews                    A Sound Came From Heaven


Prime Minister John Key today made a major speech on the subject of the NZ Japan relationship during a visit to Miyagi Prefecture.  The Prime Minister’s decision to visit Miyagi recognised the special bonds between Japan and NZ resulting from our shared experience of major disasters in the early parts of 2011.  Following is the text of the speech.


Prime Minister John Key will attend the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ meeting in Russia this week, followed by a visit to Japan to mark the country’s 60 years of diplomatic relations with New Zealand.

Mr Key will join leaders from the other 20 APEC economies to discuss trade and investment liberalisation, regional economic integration, strengthening food security and establishing reliable supply chains, as well as cooperation to foster innovative growth.


Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman today confirmed Cabinet has agreed the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) will be withdrawn from Bamyan province in Afghanistan by the end of April 2013.

Dr Coleman commented “The timetable announced today reflects weeks of careful logistical planning, especially since news that the Bamyan airport will not be available to Hercules flights after April 2013, due to a major upgrade of the runway.”


New Zealand Trade Minister and Climate Change Minister Hon Tim Groser last month made a major speech on governance and multilateralism in the 21st century. The speech draws on Mr Groser’s personal experience as a trade and climate change negotiator as well as looking back over the evolution of diplomacy and international negotiation over two centuries.

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