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Lamp Installation Symbol of Christchurch-Gansu Relationship

Fri, 2 Oct 2015 17:23:05 +1300 | Scape Public Art

A striking street lamp from Gansu, China was installed on Wednesday 30 September 2015 along Park Terrace as part of Mischa Kuball’s progressive art project Solidarity Grid . More >>

EU Delegation Newsletter 02 October 2015

Fri, 2 Oct 2015 17:07:43 +1300 | Delegation of the European Union to New Zealand

UNGA agenda also included: Libya, Syria, Climate Change, the Refugee crisis and the Peace Process in Colombia. Listen to EU's High Representative Federica Mogherini speak at the Leaders Summit about countering ISIL and Violent ...More >>

NZ aims to improve oceans management

Fri, 2 Oct 2015 16:43:24 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith is to lead New Zealand’s delegation to the Our Oceans Conference in Valparaiso, Chile next week with the aim of improving the management of the world’s oceans.More >>

PM’s address to 70th UN General Assembly

Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:32:23 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is a good opportunity to reflect on the organisation. More >>

Prime Minister addresses United Nations

Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:11:11 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.More >>

Super El Niño and climate change cause Pacific crop failures

Thu, 1 Oct 2015 17:19:43 +1300 | Oxfam

At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.More >>

Defence Force Orion Finds Missing Boaties

Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:04:36 +1300 | New Zealand Defence Force

A New Zealand Defence Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft last night located a dinghy missing near Tokelau in the Pacific with three people on board. All three occupants were well and uninjured. The dingy had been missing since Tuesday morning New Zealand ...More >>

Putin: 70th session of the UN General Assembly

Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:58:08 +1300 | Russian President

Vladimir Putin took part in the plenary meeting of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. More >>

Gordon Campbell on Putin’s diplomatic coup over Syria

Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:03:25 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany. Choosing the lesser ...More >>

Stopping Global Devastation: Message of Peace to the UN

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:40:24 +1300 | HWPL

Chairman Lee calls on youth, women, and religious leaders to give the future direction in establishing peace at the Global Peace Leadership Conference More >>

Caritas says the time to act on climate change is now

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:22:16 +1300 | Caritas

Urgent action must be taken to help communities in Oceania cope with the serious consequences of climate change and environmental degradation, many of whom have been struggling with these issues for more than a decade. This is one of the main findings ...More >>

Increasing ethnic diversity projected across New Zealand

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:53:37 +1300 | Statistics New Zealand

All New Zealand's 16 regions and nearly all the 67 territorial authority areas (TAs) are projected to have increasing ethnic diversity over the next two decades, Statistics New Zealand said today. New ethnic population projections indicate increasing Māori, ...More >>

Richard S. Ehrlich: China's Repression Hits Thailand

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:26:54 +1300 | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- China's harsh control over the ancient Silk Road across the Taklimakan Desert found a friendly and seemingly naive collaborator five weeks ago, when Thailand's coup-installed military junta forcibly deported 109 minority ethnic ...More >>

Economic Growth Not Likely to Get Us to UN’s Global Goal

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:36:38 +1300 | The Social Progress Imperative

Economic Growth is Not Likely to Get Us to the UN’s Global Goals - New Deloitte Report More >>

Kermadec sanctuary a global contribution to ocean protection

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:14:42 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The Prime Minister’s announcement today at the United Nations in New York of a new Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is a global contribution by New Zealand towards better protection of the world’s oceans, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith says.More >>

McCully: United Nations Sustainable Development Summit

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:13:08 +1300 | New Zealand Government

As a Pacific country that places a high priority on the needs of small island developing states, New Zealand regards the achievement of the SDGs as a matter of fundamental importance not just a matter of statistical interest.More >>

Brownlee: NZ and Security in the Asia-Pacific Century

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:22:46 +1300 | New Zealand Government

First, let me show you New Zealand's view of the World. This hemispheric view of the world is centred on Wellington, our capital city. Because we are so isolated, we are a maritime nation through necessity. Our Exclusive Economic Zone is the fourth ...More >>

Minister to visit Europe ahead of WW100 commemorations

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:20:00 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry will leave for Europe tomorrow to take part in a series of memorial events, visit the new Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War trails and build ties for the next three years of centenary commemorations.More >>

Emir Hodzic: No troubles in Godzone

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 16:15:53 +1300 | Emir Hodzic

Being in New Zealand now, while the Middle East burns and Europe is overwhelmed with refugees, is like being on the other side of the planet. Well, New Zealand is actually on the other side of the planet. So far away in fact, that nothing disrupts Prime ...More >>

Firefighters due back from US deployment

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:27:52 +1300 | National Rural Fire Authority

Fifteen firefighters sent to the United States to help combat fires in Washington State will return hometomorrow. More >>


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