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Reuben Levermore

Kiwi Graffiti in Phnom Penh

16th February 2015 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

The cultures of New Zealand’s Maori and Cambodia’s Khmer may not immediately seem to have much in common, but thats not how young artist Peap Tarr sees it. Peap was raised in New Zealand by a Maori father and Cambodian mother who left Cambodia in the 1970s as the Khmer Rouge took hold of the

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Reuben Levermore

From Motorbikes to Motorcades

4th February 2015 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

As the motorcade approached the Palace of King Norodom Sihamoni, my mind took me back six years to my first visit to Phnom Penh, then as a tourist. Sitting on the back of my friend Paul’s moped, I vividly recall joining a swarm of motorbikes buzzing the streets.  Adept as Paul’s handling skills were, I

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Andrew Cameron

From Motorbikes to Motorcades

4th February 2015 by Andrew Cameron,

As the motorcade approached the Palace of King Norodom Sihamoni, my mind took me back six years to my first visit to Phnom Penh, then as a tourist. Sitting on the back of my friend Paul’s moped, I vividly recall joining a swarm of motorbikes buzzing the streets.  Adept as Paul’s handling skills were, I

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Awan Poesoro

Jakarta Farewell / Perpisahan Jakarta

16th December 2014 by Awan Poesoro, Jakarta

I recently concluded my assignment as New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia.  I spent 50 months in Indonesia, the longest ever posting for a New Zealand Ambassador in Jakarta.  I thought I should pen a few words to sum up the experience. Indonesia by any measure is one of New Zealand’s most important partners.  It’s the closest point of

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Reuben Levermore

Setting up shop in Vientiane

16th December 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

Recently, as a new Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, I had the honour to present credentials to President Choummaly Sayasone. My visit to Vientiane also afforded the opportunity to meet four young Lao businesspeople that have visited NZ under the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Young Business Leaders Initiative. One of the ways that

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Andrew Cameron

Setting up shop in Vientiane

16th December 2014 by Andrew Cameron,

Recently, as a new Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, I had the honour to present credentials to President Choummaly Sayasone. My visit to Vientiane also afforded the opportunity to meet four young Lao businesspeople that have visited NZ under the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Young Business Leaders Initiative. One of the ways that

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David Taylor

ASEAN: PASSING THE BATON / ASEAN: Mengoper Tongkat Estafet

27th November 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I’ve been New Zealand’s Ambassador to ASEAN since April 2010.  My predecessor Phillip Gibson was our first Ambassador to ASEAN – he presented credentials to the then ASEAN Secretary General in 2008.  On 3 November, Stephanie Lee became the third New Zealand Ambassador to ASEAN and the first fully dedicated to ASEAN work.  Both Phillip and I

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David Taylor

Indonesia – Development, Decentralisation, Democracy / Indonesia – Pembangunan, Desentralisasi, Demokrasi

26th November 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I have criss-crossed Indonesia in recent weeks, mainly for business but with a couple of personal trips as well.  I’ve been from Sorong in the far east, to Banda Aceh in the North-West; to the bustling cities of Surabaya, Makassar and Bandung; to Bali, the region’s international conference centre and mass tourism destination; to beautiful

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Reuben Levermore

Making best use of FTAs with Thailand

12th November 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

Businesses are leaving money on the table if they fail to make the best use of opportunities in New Zealand’s free trade agreements. That was a key message at a recent seminar in Bangkok hosted by the NZ Embassy in partnership with the Thai Government. On Friday 7 November, over one hundred participants, mostly Thai importers,

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David Taylor

The Ambassador’s Blog: ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): a relatively brief primer / Masyarakat Ekonomi ASEAN (AEC): Sebuah Informasi Pengantar yang Relatif Singkat

12th November 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

In December 2015 ASEAN will announce the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).  It’s intended to make ASEAN more economically integrated both internally and internationally.  It’s undoubtedly one of the most ambitious economic integration programmes in the developing world and a further example of the visionary approach that ASEAN leaders have taken to building community among the

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