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Reuben Levermore

Meeting the renewable energy challenge

4th February 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Manila

The Philippines may seem like an unlikely place for a collaboration between Iceland and New Zealand. But when it comes to geothermal energy, it is a partnership that makes perfect sense. Last week, I joined representatives of Icelandic company Orka Energy (http://www.orkaenergy.com/ ) , and some of its New Zealand partners and personnel to travel

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David Taylor

Indonesia: 2014: a year of change

14th January 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

As I sit at my desk at the start of 2014, thinking about what’s to come this year, elections is the theme for Indonesia. Many millions of words have been printed, read or said already about Indonesia’s 2014 elections, so I’m not going to try and do a full review of their importance nor am

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David Taylor

When Marty met Murray (take 2)

9th January 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

At the beginning of last year I wrote a blog on the 2012 annual meeting of the Indonesian and New Zealand foreign ministers here in Jakarta.  The latest meeting took place in Auckland on 31 October 2013, following officials talks the preceding day. The narrative for 2013 was even better than in 2012. Ministers welcomed

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David Taylor

Volunteers making an early difference

28th November 2013 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I recently received from retired academic Laurie Wesley a copy of a monograph he had edited celebrating the New Zealand University Students Association Volunteer Graduate Scheme (VGS) in Indonesia. The VGS operated in Indonesia in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Indonesia’s huge development needs in the post-independence period provided the spark for this initiative

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