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Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce has announced Cabinet approval of a new national strategy to attract more international business investment and increase growth across the country.


Trade Minister Tim Groser has welcomed the conclusions of the 5th World Trade Organisation Trade Policy Review of New Zealand.

“Once again NZ has been highly commended by the WTO for maintaining an open and transparent trade policy regime”, says Mr Groser.

“New Zealand’s last review occurred in 2009 at the time of the Global Financial Crisis.  The review has highlighted how the Government’s sensible economic policies are taking New Zealand in the right direction.”


Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York.

Mr Key says New Zealand is committed to making its mark on the Council, and our first stint as President will allow us to build on the contribution we’ve made over the past six months.

“As President, New Zealand will have a central role in guiding Council consideration of key international security issues,” says Mr Key.


New Zealand has agreed to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which is being established to invest in new infrastructure across Asia, Finance Minister Bill English and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully say.

The Bank is a China-led initiative aimed at addressing a significant gap in infrastructure investment in the Asian region.

“Increased infrastructure investment will enhance the Asian region’s growth and that will be good for New Zealand,” Mr English says.


The 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War was marked for the first time with a ceremony in the recently opened Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

Pukeahu, the place for New Zealanders to reflect on this country’s sacrifice at times of war as well as its contribution to peace keeping, was host to the commemoration on 25 June attended by New Zealand and Korean government and community representatives, military personnel, former service men and women and young New Zealanders and Koreans.


The number of international students enrolled to study in New Zealand grew 13 per cent last year, the highest level since 2004, says Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce.

Full year enrolment figures for 2014 shows 110,198 international students studied in New Zealand, 13,091 more than in 2013.

“This is a great result for education providers nationwide. More students lead to a greater economic contribution to education providers and to their communities,” Mr Joyce says.


A dedicated pavilion was set up for the first time for Korean companies to exhibit their products at the New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays, the largest trade show for agricultural products in the Southern Hemisphere.

Prime Minister John Key met Korean Trade Commissioner to New Zealand Kim Rakgon on the opening day of the 47th annual event near Hamilton on 10 June 2015.


Ten of Korea's major travel agents participated in New Zealand’s biggest annual international tourism event in May.

TRENZ showcases the leading providers of visitor accommodation, transport, activities and attractions to more than 270 international travel buyers from overseas major and emerging visitor markets.

The event has been held annually since the early 1960s and in its current format since 1994.


The first Prime Minister’s Scholarships for 2015 to study at top Asian institutions have been awarded to 140 New Zealand students.

The Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia programme will see just over half of the scholarship students in this round study in China, one of New Zealand’s largest trading partners, while the rest will study in Japan, India, Korea, Thailand and Indonesia.


Hundreds of people have turned out around New Zealand to learn more about the Korea-New Zealand FTA and hear what opportunities it might create for their business.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) organised presentations about the FTA in eight locations around New Zealand during the week of 25 May.  Stops included Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Hamilton, and South and Central Auckland.

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