New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam


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.


New Zealand’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Mr Graham Sims, and NZ Defence Attaché Captain Brett Fotheringham RNZN, represented the New Zealand Government at this year’s ceremony to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which took place on 18 August 1966.


It is with deep sadness that we advise of the death of the former Governor-General of New Zealand Sir Paul Reeves who passed away in Auckland on Sunday 14 August 2011 aged 78.

Sir Paul was Governor-General from 1985 till 1990, and was the first Maori and the first cleric to fill that position. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, Lady Reeves, his three daughters, Sarah, Bridget and Jane, and six grandchildren.


The Embassy renewed its long acquaintance with Binh Dinh province this month. Ambassador Heather Riddell travelled to the main city, Quy Nhon last week accompanied by Trade Commissioner Graham Sims to meet with local authorities, touch base with the NZ Aid Programme’s rural livelihoods project team, and explore possible commercial linkages in areas where New Zealand has particular expertise such as wood processing and timber treatment, and waste management.


HMNZS Te Mana visited Ho Chi Minh City 27 June - 1 July on a goodwill port visit as part of a wider Asian tour. The visit was the fourth naval ship visit to Viet Nam and the first since 2006. Te Mana's visit afforded the opportunity for navy/navy courtesy calls as well as a call on the HCMC People's committee by the Commanding Officer. Outreach activities undertaken in association with the visit included a visit to a girl's home in HCMC that has been supported by the New Zealand community for a number of years as well as sporting events. The ship was also opened to visitors.


The New Zealand Embassy made further progress to strengthen New Zealand’s relationship with Da Nang recently, when Deputy Head of Mission Alistair Crozier made a visit there on 23-24 May together with business development manager Ms Tran Phuong Nga from the New Zealand Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City.


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Three New Zealand Police trainers were in Hanoi from 18-22 April to deliver a tactical medical training course to officers from the Ministry of Public Security.

The course was an agreed activity under a Cooperative Arrangement on Countering Trans-National Crime concluded between NZ Police and MPS in 2010, and was funded by the New Zealand Government’s Asia Security Fund.

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