New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines


10 November 2013

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand has made an initial contribution of $150,000 (5.4 million pesos) to the International Federation of Red Cross to support immediate relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan was one of the largest storms on record and has had a major impact on the Philippines - a country that has recently been hit by successive natural disasters, Mr McCully says.


New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully announced today that New Zealand is providing $NZ 850,000 (approximately 30 million pesos) in humanitarian assistance to the Philippines following the recent disasters that have hit Central Visayas and Mindanao.


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has written to President Aquino to express the condolences and heartfelt sympathies of the people of New Zealand for those people affected by the earthquake that struck the Central Visayas region on Tuesday.


The New Zealand Government yesterday announced a package of new initiatives to encourage further growth in New Zealand's international education sector.  The changes will make it easier for some international students to work during their studies and allow streamlined visa proc


The Ministry for Primary Industries has received results confirming that the bacteria found in the whey protein concentrate (WPC) manufactured by Fonterra is not Clostridium botulinum. The organism is confirmed as Clostridium sporogenes. It is therefore not capable of producing botulism causing toxins.


The New Zealand Inc Strategy for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was launched by Prime Minister John Key this morning in Auckland.


The Australian Embassy in Manila has advised that, as of 1 July 2013, for security reasons all travel by their Embassy staff to Davao City, Cotabato City and Zamboanga City has been cancelled until further notice.  The New Zealand Embassy has therefore taken the step of implementing the same policy for our own staff.


The New Zealand Embassy, in cooperation with UNICEF, is bringing to Manila the photography exhibition entitled “Christchurch: See Through My Eyes”.


Trade Minister Tim Groser has announced that the third CER-ASEAN Integration Partnership Forum will take place in Cairns, Australia, on 18 June.


The New Zealand Embassy and Educational Research and Development Assistance (ERDA) Foundation Inc. has launched four Learning Resource and Human Rights Centres (LRHRC) in Tondo and Baseco, Manila.

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