New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam


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New Zealand ASEAN Scholars awards empower future leaders with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to economic, social and political development within ASEAN nations.

The New Zealand Government, through the New Zealand Aid Programme, provides scholarships for qualified students from Vietnam to undertake development-related studies at a university or polytechnic in New Zealand.


Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, one of Viet Nam’s four Deputy Prime Ministers, led a delegation of 40 on an official visit to New Zealand on 14-17 April 2012. Mr Phuc’s delegation included four ministerial level visitors (including the Minister of Justice, Inspector-General and Prosecutor-General) and seven deputy ministers, making it the most significant Vietnamese high-level visit to New Zealand since 2009.


Mr Nguyen Ba Thanh, Secretary of the Da Nang Municipal Party Committee and Chairman of Da Nang People’s Council, visited Auckland with a mixed official/business delegation on 28-31 March.


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.

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