New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation


The New Zealand Prime Minister, Hon John Key, on Tuesday conveyed the deepest condolences of the government and people of New Zealand to President Medvedev and the people of Russia regarding the appalling terrorist attacks in Moscow on Monday 29 March.  The Prime Minister strongly condemned the terrorist attacks against innocent civilians going about their ordinary lives and noted that the thoughts of the people of New Zealand were with the families and loved ones of those killed and injured.



As you may be aware from media reports, there have been two separate explosions on the Moscow metro this morning, Monday 29 March, at Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations.

If you are in Moscow, we would appreciate it if you could contact us as soon as possible to let us know you are safe, and that you have contacted family/friends to advise them you are safe. Contact details for the Embassy are telephone (495) 956 3579, email


Ambassador Ian Hill presented his Credentials to the State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kanat Saudabayev, on 11 February at the Presidential Palace in Astana, thereby becoming New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan.


Ambassador Ian Hill presented his Credentials to the President of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiev on 10 February at Government House in Bishkek, thereby becoming New Zealand Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic. While in Bishkek, the Ambassador also met with the Kyrgyz First Deputy Foreign Minister.


The New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Murray McCully visited the Russian Federation 16-17 December 2009 at the invitation of the Russian Foreign Minister, Mr Sergey Lavrov.


Ambassador Ian Hill presented his Credentials to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko on 1 December at the House of Chimeras in Kyiv, thereby becoming New Zealand Ambassador to Ukraine.


Nutritek Group, one of the leading producers of baby and specialist foods in Russia, completed its purchase of New Zealand Dairies Limited in early July.

This is the first major foreign investment in the New Zealand dairy sector. More information about Nutritek is available at .


High-quality ice cream from New Zealand is now available in Russia. New Zealand Natural has opened its first ice cream parlour in Russia, in the Azbuka Destva Shopping Center, Mira Ave, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, on Sakhalin Island. More New Zealand Natural ice cream parlours elsewhere in Russia are planned. More information, and contact details, are available at


The newly-arrived New Zealand Ambassador to Russia, Ian Hill, presented his credentials to the Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev on 12 October 2009 in a formal ceremony in the Alexander Hall at the Kremlin. The ceremony officially marked the start of Mr Hill’s three-year assignment in the Russian Federation. The new Ambassador will also be accredited to, and have responsibility for New Zealand’s relations with Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.


Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack paid his first visit to Moscow from 27 October to 1 November 2009.
Building on contacts made by senior representatives of the AUT Business School in 2007 and 2008, the Vice-Chancellor signed Memoranda of Understanding with three leading tertiary institutions:

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