New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


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.


19 September 2014

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the International Whaling Commission’s passing of a New Zealand resolution enshrining the International Court of Justice’s decision on Japanese whaling.

“New Zealand wanted to make sure the Whaling Commission had rules in place that reflected the Court’s clear guidance on what constitutes scientific whaling,” Mr McCully says.


New Zealand welcomed the training squadron of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and its crew members in Auckland from 2 to 6 September.


Under New Zealand legislation the Treasury is required to provide an update on the New Zealand economy and fiscal outlook ahead of every general election. The 2014 general election will be held on 20 September and the Treasury last month released the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) 2014.

The update offers a detailed picture of the economy and public finances. The various parts of it are available on The Treasury’s website.


As part of an agricultural diplomacy initiative, the Government of New Zealand earlier this year established the Dr Kawase Scholarship to send a few selected dairy farmers from Hokkaido to undertake an intensive two-month dairy technician course at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in Masterton, New Zealand.


The arrival of around 2000 top international scientists and researchers in Auckland later this month will make New Zealand the focus of the world science community, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says.


New Zealand’s population growth has been reported to be climbing faster than it has in any other year in the past decade. The latest estimate announced by Statistics New Zealand on 14 August puts the population at 4,509,900 at 30 June 2014, up 67,800 people or 1.5 percent since the previous year. Over half of the increase is attributed to migration of people from other countries.


On 6 August New Zealand’s Ambassador to Japan, Mark Sinclair, attended the ceremony at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park marking the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing along with survivors of the attack, their descendants, peace activists, Prime Minister Abe and other dignitaries. 


11 August 2014
The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, met today with the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japan Self-Defense Forces, General Shigeru Iwasaki.

The two Generals exchanged views on the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region and discussed opportunities for expanding bilateral defence cooperation.

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