New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines


The US government donated four boats designed by New Zealand company Naiad to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a ceremony held in Puerto Princesa on 16 August.


An exciting range of New Zealand food and beverage products were on show at the three-day Cebu Food Expo from 22 to 24 July.


The 2010 New Zealand local council and district health board elections will take place from mid-September to 9 October.


Two New Zealand police officers visited the Philippines during June and July and contributed to the PNP’s model police station project in Camarines Sur and Dinagat Island.


The chair of New Zealand Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee emphasised the growing links between New Zealand and the Philippines in an address at Manila’s De La Salle University today.


New Zealand has come out on top of the ‘global peace index’ for the second year running.


The Philippines New Zealand Business Council (PNZBC) devoted its May members’ forum to discussing the new free trade agreement that links the two countries. 



Air New Zealand has scooped prizes in two recent international airline awards, and has also been voted the best airline in the world by British consumers.  Filipinos can enjoy the airline’s legendary service on daily flights to both New Zealand and London from Hong Kong, with convenient connections from Philippine cities.


The World Economic Forum’s “Global Enabling Trade Report 2010” has New Zealand ranked as the economy with the sixth-best conditions for trade, up from eleventh in the 2009 report. 


Lowered tariffs, increased levels of certainty about the business environment, special arrangements for Filipino workers and agreements on labour and environmental cooperation.  All of these will feature in two presentations on the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) in Manila during the week of May 24.

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