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Reuben Levermore

NZ and ASEAN – learning from each other

12th September 2014 by Reuben Levermore, Bangkok

The New Zealand Inc ASEAN Strategy, released last year, calls for New Zealand to become better integrated with the countries of the ASEAN region. The power of education to forge enduring connections with this region was visible earlier this month when the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok joined Khon Kaen University (KKU) in the Isaan region

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David Taylor

Indonesia Elections Etc / Pemilu Indonesia Dll

5th September 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

Millions of words have been written about Indonesia’s Presidential election and its aftermath. Millions more are being written now about President-elect Joko (Jokowi) widodo’s approach to Cabinet formation and policy development plans.  I’m not going to summarise and seek to crystal ball gaze.  But I would like to make some brief observations about the bigger picture.

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David Taylor

ASEAN’s Future: Stir It Up

30th June 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I recently spoke at the 28th Asia Pacific Roundtable in Kuala Lumpur on the future of ASEAN. The conference was excellent by the way – some great speakers, around 400 attendees and lots of energy and interest in the room and the discussions that took place. I submitted and spoke to a paper on ASEAN’s

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David Taylor

ASEAN: Myanmar at the helm

9th May 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I wrote recently about the year ahead for Indonesia, now it’s ASEAN’s turn. Myanmar took charge in early January and will chair ASEAN meetings and processes for this calendar year.  They hosted their first meeting in Bagan in February – the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM). The forward calendar is full and still evolving, with

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David Taylor

Indonesia New Zealand Maju Bersama – Advancing Together

7th May 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

There’s been a lot of effort over recent years to build ties between Indonesia and New Zealand. And a lot of success too, though there are areas where I’m sure we can do a lot better. We decided it was time to try and wrap a brand around what we’re doing together. The team at

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David Taylor

Burgeoning Education Relations

15th April 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

I’ve written a few blogs on the education theme, but thought an update on some work streams might be worthwhile. We’re deepening our engagement with Indonesia at the institution to institution level.  Some 18 agreements between institutions have been finalised over the past year or so.  In recent weeks, the University of Auckland has just

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David Taylor

The Joy of Cultural Diplomacy

18th March 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta

One of the challenges in any relationship is helping the other side to understand your perspective.   Who you are.  What you represent.  Why things are one way not another. Culture can be a powerful tool.  It can connect people.  It can explain.  It can show.  And it can excite. I’ve just been in New Zealand

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Reuben Levermore

Meeting the renewable energy challenge

4th February 2014 by Reuben Levermore (Philippines), Bangkok

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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