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Burgeoning Education Relations

15th April 2014 by Andrew Cameron, | No Comments

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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The Joy of Cultural Diplomacy

18th March 2014 by Andrew Cameron, | 1 Comment

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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Indonesia: 2014: a year of change

14th January 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta | 2 Comments

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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When Marty met Murray (take 2)

9th January 2014 by David Taylor, Jakarta | No Comments

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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Volunteers making an early difference

28th November 2013 by David Taylor, Jakarta | 2 Comments

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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The Value of Summits

29th October 2013 by David Taylor, Jakarta | 3 Comments

The annual APEC Summit was held recently in Bali back to back with the East Asia Summit in Brunei.  I was talking to a journalist as we waited for the Sultan of Brunei to become available for a meeting with Prime Minister Key and we got onto the question of the value of these big

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ASEAN Ambassadors rate relations with New Zealand as “sweet as”

23rd October 2013 by David Taylor, Jakarta | 4 Comments

“Sweet as!” became the phrase of the moment for ASEAN’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) when they visited New Zealand in August. The CPR is a group of 10 Ambassadors from South East Asian nations representing their countries in Jakarta at the ASEAN Secretariat.  They contribute across the board to the management and implementation of

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Indonesia/New Zealand business connections: The Time is Now

3rd October 2013 by David Taylor, Jakarta | 2 Comments

From virtually the moment I stepped off the plane in Jakarta in April 2010, Indonesian friends have pressed me to get New Zealand business more engaged here. They’ve made it clear Indonesia wants stronger business connections with New Zealand. And there’s an appetite for connectivity not just in traditional areas of New Zealand strength but

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Mercury poisoning: Kiwi-Indo-China cooperation offers hope

15th August 2013 by David Taylor, Jakarta | 1 Comment

As usual, I read the 29 July edition of Tempo magazine (a cracker of a weekly investigative reporting magazine focusing on developments in Indonesia) with great interest.  A story on “The Scourge of Mercury”, addressing the contamination of river systems through illegal gold mining, grabbed my attention. As the article stated, mercury has ruinous effects

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Our Legacy for Future Generations: the Natural Environment

8th August 2013 by David Taylor, Jakarta | 2 Comments

Taking advantage of a visit by some New Zealand friends, my wife and I joined a group visiting Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra recently. Only 240 km by car and a short ferry ride from Jakarta, Way Kambas is home to many endangered Indonesian species, including the Sumatran Rhino, Sumatran Tiger and a host

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