New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


New Zealand dispatched its sealift and amphibious support ship HMNZS CANTERBURY (L421) over the weekend for the Vanuatu Islands to deliver much needed equipment, materials and New Zealand Defence Force staff to assist with the disaster relief operation.  CANTERBURY has an extensive range of capabilities purpose designed for this type of emergency deployment including two landing craft, two helicopters, heavy lift cranes, vehicle and container decks.  CANTERBURY left New Zealand with a full load and 100 NZ Army engineers.  It is expected at its destination mid-week where it wi


1 August 2014

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says a P3K-2 Orion has today left New Zealand to support international anti-piracy operations.

A Navy command team will also deploy next week, taking the NZDF’s contribution to 68 personnel.

“New Zealand is committed to playing our part in international efforts to tackle piracy,” says Dr Coleman.


Commodore Tony Millar, the Royal New Zealand Navy’s recent commander of the multinational anti-piracy mission (CTF151) in the Horn of Africa, visited Japan earlier this month to share his lessons with the incoming Japanese command team, to be headed by Rear Admiral Hiroshi Ito of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). New Zealand has commanded the mission several times and wanted to offer the benefit if its experience with Japan. 


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key this week announced a government decision to deploy a military training mission to Iraq as part of New Zealand’s overall contribution to the international coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).


According to the latest Treasury update New Zealand government revenues are running a little higher than forecast while expenses are running below forecast. The government deficit for the six months to December came in $381 million better than forecast.


New Zealand Ambassador to Japan Mark Sinclair and the Ambassadors of Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, on 27 January joined Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Nishikawa, Reconstruction Minister Takeshita and Fukushima Prefecture Governor Uchibori in visiting the Fukushima-kan – a pilot shop for Fukushima Prefecture in Nihonbashi.


New Zealand Climate Change Ambassador Jo Tyndall on 27 January made a presentation at the Japan National Press Club in central Tokyo on New Zealand’s proposal to achieve an international agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21) later this year.  


New Zealand was ranked third in the overall ranking of the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom released jointly on 27 January 2014 by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. New Zealand, ranked fifth in the 2014 index, moved up by two spots in this year’s ranking.

The index ranked economic freedom of 178 countries by studying 10 aspects of economic freedom. New Zealand was ranked first in the areas of “Property Rights” and “Freedom from Corruption.”

Top 10 nations in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom:


New Zealand is proud to partner with the African Union Commission to produce the African Union Handbook 2015. In a significant development, this edition has been published in both English and French.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed New Zealand taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says.

“The Security Council is currently considering some of the most pressing issues the international community faces, including; the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, ISIL, and Ebola.

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United Nations Handbook 2015-16

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