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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has given a speech outlining New Zealand’s response to the threat of international terrorism.

In his speech, delivered to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, the Prime Minister covered domestic measures for protecting New Zealand’s way of life and social values.

He also discussed New Zealand’s potential contribution to the international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.


Singapore, New Zealand and Hong Kong led the World Bank’s annual "Doing Business" report, released on 29 October, which focuses on where businesses are best helped and least hindered by government. The scores measure the operating environment for a business, including how easy it is to start a company, to transfer a property or resolve a commercial dispute; the time and cost of clearing imports and exports through a port; how easy is it to get an electricity connection, and other issues that face business owners in any country.


New Zealand Ambassador for Disarmament Dell Higgie delivered the Joint Statement on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons at the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on 20 October.


New Zealand has topped the global charts for wealth growth between 2000 and 2014, according to a report by Credit Suisse.


New Zealand has secured a place on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

Read the Prime Minister's media release


Prime Minister John Key on 6 October announced his new Cabinet and other ministerial appointments. Bill English remains Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. Murray McCully remains Minister of Foreign Affairs. The new Minister of Defence is Gerry Brownlee. Tim Groser remains Minister of Trade. Ministers will be appointed on 8 October.

Prime Minister John Key's full announcement can be found here.


A recent report ranks Japan and New Zealand among the top ten best places to grow old. Japan comes in at ninth and New Zealand at tenth. The survey by London-based HelpAge International takes into consideration factors such as income security and health status, while drawing on data provided by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the World Bank, World Health Organization and many others. Japan is the only country listed in the top 10 that is not located in Western Europe, North America or Australasia.


Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics released on 18 September showed that the NZ economy grew by 0.7% in the June 2014 quarter. This was close to market expectations.


In New Zealand’s general election held on 20 September the National party was returned to power with an increased share of the vote and an increased number of seats in the Parliament. Prime Minister John Key has since begun discussions with several minor parties with a view to putting in place new coalition arrangements. There will be some changes to the membership of the Cabinet which Mr Key will announce in due course.


18 September 2014

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today congratulated the people of Fiji following their first democratic elections since 2006.

"Fiji’s election is a significant event, both for Fiji and for the wider Pacific region," Mr McCully says.

"New Zealand has long been an advocate for elections in Fiji, and we are proud of our support for the election preparations and the institutions that will underpin Fiji’s return to democratic rule.

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