New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


New Zealand is in the top ten in the latest ‘Human Development Index’  released by the United Nations Development Programme, headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand has used a special sitting of the United Nations Security Council to call for a full investigation into the crash of flight MH17.
"The crash of flight MH17 claimed the lives of 298 passengers and crew members, including one New Zealand citizen and one New Zealand resident," Mr McCully says.

The Prime Minister of Japan His Excellency Mr Shinzo Abe and the Prime Minister of New Zealand Rt Hon John Key met in Auckland on 7 July 2014.  Prime Minister Key welcomed Prime Minister Abe on his official visit to New Zealand and appreciated Japan’s ongoing commitment to the Pacific region under his leadership. 


The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week, Prime Minister John Key announced today.

“Prime Minister Abe has been spearheading a revival of Japan’s economy and diplomacy,” Mr Key said.  

“His visit is an opportunity to mark New Zealand’s long-standing links with Japan through Government, business and personal ties.”

The two Prime Ministers will hold talks on Monday in Auckland and meet with business representatives from both countries. 


Paul Roberts, First Secretary, New Zealand Embassy and Koji Hikosaka, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise called on Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd’s Secretary General of the Corporate Strategic Planning and IR Office, Yasuhiko Sakurai on 12 June. 


New Zealand’s gross domestic product (GDP) was up 1.0 percent in the March 2014 quarter. This follows a revised 1.0 percent rise in the December 2013 quarter. This is the third consecutive quarter that GDP has grown by 1 percent or more.
The main movements by industry were:


In the latest Business Environment Rankings from the Economist Intelligence Unit New Zealand jumped three places to rank at 8th overall. New Zealand is one of four Asian economies in the top 10 following Singapore in first, Hong Kong in third and Australia in fifth. Other APEC economies in the top 10 include Canada in fourth and the USA in seventh.


The Hokkaido Association of New Zealand Friendship Societies and Sister Cities held its general meeting in the city of Otaru on 3 June. At the meeting, those who are involved in Japan-New Zealand exchange programs at the cities of Sapporo, Tomoakomai and Otaru as well as the town of Bihoro spoke of their efforts in organizing student exchanges, sending and receiving missions and hosting New Zealand fairs. Mr. Masanori Aoki, honorary consulate of New Zealand in Sapporo, Ambassador Mark Sinclair and Tomo Miyazaki, executive officer to the Ambassador, also attended the meeting.


The Government’s comprehensive Business Growth Agenda is delivering greater business investment, more jobs and higher wages for New Zealanders, Finance Minister Bill English and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced earlier this week.  Ministers released the Business Growth Agenda – Future Direction 2014 report which outlines the significant progress the National Government has made in creating the conditions for businesses to invest for jobs and growth.


New Zealand should expect strong and increasingly broad-based economic growth, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest report on New Zealand, published on 10 June.

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