New Zealand Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


John Key

27 September, 2013

New Zealand’s Statement to the UNGA General Debate

Mr President. Congratulations on your election to the Presidency of this General Assembly.  You take the reins at an important time.  We wish you every success. You have our support.

The recent events in Kenya, Iraq and Pakistan show how troubled the world can be. We commiserate with the governments and people of those countries and extend our deepest sympathies to those who lost family and friends in these tragic incidents.


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.


Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully launched the New Zealand Inc Strategy for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) during a speech to the New Zealand Middle East Business Council in Auckland on Thursday 27 June.


A Memorandum of Understanding signed by Immigration New Zealand and Education New Zealand will improve visa processing times for international students wanting to study in New Zealand.

International students who use a New Zealand Specialist Agent (NZSA) will have their visa applications process within 10 working days.  There will also be a dedicated point of contact within Immigration New Zealand branches for NZSA members - education agents recognised as New Zealand education speicialists.


The Dominion Post published comments made by Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on his view that New Zealand can make a difference in the Middle East following his recent visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. 



The New Zealand Minister of Immigration, Hon Nathan Guy, has announced new immigration family policies which will help New Zealand attract and retain skilled migrants, and ensure that their family members can settle well and be self-sufficent.  Please read the Minister's announcement at:


Maximising Economic Opportunites in the Middle East

In the following speech delivered to members of the NZMEBC, Hon Murray McCully outlines government strategy to address the needs of private sector companies seeking to do business in the Middle East


All eight New Zealand Universities visited Kuwait recently to deepen education cooperation between the two countries.

"This was a highly successful landmark visit which showcased the excellence of the New Zealand", said Mr Tony Davies, the New Zealand Cultural Attache to Kuwait


A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred near the city of Christchurch in Canterbury, New Zealand, on 22 February 2011.

Updates on the earthquake are available on the Canterbury Earthquake website (

More information can be found on the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website (


The New Zealand Embassy in Riyadh wishes to advise that a condolence book has been opened in memory of those who lost their lives in the Pike River Coal Mine tragedy.

The book will be open to sign at the New Zealand Embassy reception, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh, from Sunday 28 November until Tuesday 7 December 2010 between the hours of 0900 - 1200 and 1230 - 1500, daily.

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