Round 15 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership FTA negotiations began today in Auckland, New Zealand, between the 11 participating countries (including new entrants, Mexico and Canada) represented by over 500 negotiators.
Ambassador Sinclair joined 146 attendees at the 39th Joint Meeting of the Japan New Zealand Business Council in Auckland on 6-8 November. This was the biggest turnout for an annual JNZBC meeting, and included an impressive 63 guests from Japan.
From 16 October 2012, people in Japan applying for temporary visas for New Zealand need to lodge their applications with the New Zealand Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Tokyo. The New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo is no longer receiving visa applications.
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.
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.