New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines


As we begin 2011, it’s a good time to reflect on New Zealand’s engagement in this region last year.  New Zealand considers itself to be more and more a part of Asia, and our actions in 2010 really backed that up.


The Philippine Bureau of Immigration is enforcing strict rules governing the entry into the Philippines of foreign children under 15 years old as temporary visitors or tourists.


The New Zealand Embassy in Manila will be closed from 25 December 2010 until 3 January 2011 inclusive.


Each year the Asia New Zealand Foundation offers New Zealand journalists the opportunity to travel across Asia to research and prepare stories, including through their internship programmes with media organisations in the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong.


New Zealand’s Immigration Act 2009 came into effect on 29 November 2010.  


The new act modernises New Zealand’s immigration laws, though it doesn’t make any major changes to the criteria under which people apply to travel to or stay in New Zealand.


A summary of the changes, and further information, is available here.


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has described the Pike River Mine incident, in which 29 men were killed, as a national tragedy.


The Sinulog Dance Troupe of a Filipino cultural group in New Zealand won the first Auckland International Carnival dance competition in early November.


If all of the world’s adults that wanted to migrate actually left and moved where they wanted to go New Zealand’s population would boom, particularly with young people, according to a recent series of polls by US firm Gallup.


The New Zealand economy has been ranked third easiest to do business in by the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank in their “Doing Business 2011” report.


New Zealand has once again kept its number one ranking in the Transparency International corruptions perceptions index.

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