New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


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.


10 June 2014 / Media Statement
Whaling comments “worrying”

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has described reported comments on whaling from Japanese PM Shinzō Abe as “worrying”.

“While is it not clear precisely what Prime Minister Abe is proposing in the short term, the fact that he has told a Parliamentary Committee that he wants to aim towards the resumption of commercial whaling is both unfortunate and unhelpful,” Mr McCully says.


A young officer of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will participate in a voyage of the training squadron of the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). 


Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced the appointment of Hon Shane Jones as New Zealand’s new Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development.


Goods exports rose to $4.5 billion in April 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is an increase of $553 million since April 2013.

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