New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam


The Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of Viet Nam H.E. Ms Pham Thi Hai Chuyen and the New Zealand Ambassador to Viet Nam H.E. Ms Heather Riddell have signed an Arrangement to establish a bilateral Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) between Viet Nam and New Zealand. The signing ceremony took place in Ha Noi on 29 December 2011.


The New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has completed all necessary preparations to allow mangoes from Viet Nam to be exported to New Zealand in future.


The New Zealand Embassy has announced that 30 Vietnamese students have been offered New Zealand ASEAN Scholar awards for the New Zealand academic year commencing in early 2012.


The Vietnam Peoples Army (VPA) recently hosted a large delegation from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Command and Staff College as part of their annual Overseas Study Tour.


New Zealand and Viet Nam held a third round of our bilateral ‘Track II’ Dialogue in Ha Noi on 17 November.

“Track II” discussions involve academic and researchers from respective countries, as opposed to ‘Track I” contact between governments. New Zealand maintains a number of Track II dialogues with other countries, as a way to introduce new ideas and perspectives to our bilateral relationships. Our dialogue with Viet Nam is significant as our only formal Track II process with an ASEAN member.


Data released recently by Statistics New Zealand for the year to June 2011 confirms that trade between New Zealand and Viet Nam continues to grow.

Total two-way trade in goods increased to NZ$699 million in 2010-11, up from NZ$539 million a year earlier – a rise of almost 30%.

New Zealand’s goods exports to Viet Nam increased to NZ$445 million, from NZ$375 million a year earlier. Our top ten exported commodities to Viet Nam (NZ$) were:


Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) alumni and friends enjoyed a simple yet meaningful reception at the Ambassador’s Residence on 29 September. On this occasion, VUW Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh and Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Rob Rabel met with some 30 alumni and friends and updated them on the recent achievements of students and academic staff at VUW.


Vietnamese scientists and researchers will be eligible to apply for support from three new international climate change research funds established by the New Zealand Government, New Zealand’s Ambassador to Viet Nam H.E. Ms Heather Riddell has announced.


On 31 August Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae became Governor-General of the Realm of New Zealand (ie Head of State) when he was sworn in at a ceremony in Wellington. He will serve for a five-year term.


A visit to Ha Noi in late August by a team of teachers and administrators from New Zealand’s English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) Programme - Sokha Mey, Alastair Ker, Hilary Watson and Annie Marenghi - provided a good opportunity for an ELTO reunion party at the New Zealand Ambassador’s Residence. Nearly 70 ELTO graduates from many previous programme intakes came along to catch up with teachers and classmates, and reminisce about their kiwi experiences.

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