Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Coleman to attend regional Defence Ministers meetings

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Defence

29 May 2014

Coleman to attend regional Defence Ministers meetings

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman is today travelling to Singapore to join his counterparts atthe Shangri-La Dialogue. He will also attend the Five Powers Defence Arrangements Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Malaysia.

Dr Coleman will hold a number of bilateral meetings with counterparts from a range of countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, France, the UK, Republic of Korea, and Japan.

“New Zealand has a long history of active defence engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. These meetings are a good opportunity for partners to discuss the major security challenges facing our region,” says Dr Coleman.

“They also provide a valuable opportunity to further develop our practical co-operation, and to strengthen our relationships with a wide range of defence partners.

“New Zealand has a very real stake in the security of the Asia-Pacific region. A stable and secure environment is vital as it underpins economic prosperity and development. The Asia-Pacific is of significant economic and strategic interest to New Zealand with six of our top ten trading partners in the region.”

Around 30 countries are attending the 13th annual Shangri-La Dialogue on 30 May to 1 June 2014. Following the Shangri-La Dialogue, Dr Coleman will attend the Five Powers Defence Arrangements (FPDA) Defence Ministers’ Meeting on 1 June 2014 in Malaysia. The FPDA is held every three years.

“As one of New Zealand’s oldest defence arrangements, the FPDA forms the cornerstone of our defence and security engagement in the region,” says Dr Coleman.

“The FPDA Ministers’ meeting provides the opportunity for New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK to set the priorities for our security co-operation.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On Where Greece Goes From Here

As one candid British commentator tried to come to grips with why his confident prediction of a “Yes” vote in Greece has failed so resoundingly, he said that he’d made that prediction from his own viewpoint – as someone with savings to protect. But most Greek people, he suddenly realised, didn’t have that concern anymore after five years of austerity. Duh. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cabinet Presser: EQC Reform, Greece & Surplus Stimulation

Prime Minister John key discussed proposals for reform of the EQC act and the Greek economic crisis at a press conference in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

GCSB/NZSIS: Intelligence And Security Reviewers Seek Public’s Views

“We are seeking public submissions to help us determine what issues to focus on during the review,” says Sir Michael Cullen. “We want to hear your views on what the GCSB and NZSIS should be doing to protect New Zealand and how they should do it.” More>>

Education: Schools Funded To Trial Innovative Approaches

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the successful applicants for a new $10 million fund to encourage innovative teaching practices. “I’m delighted with the quality of the 39 projects that have won funding in the first round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund worth a total of about $2.6 million,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Generation Zero: Skypath Granted Resource Consent

Generation Zero is delighted and relieved that the ‘Skypath’ walking and cycling addition to the Harbour Bridge has been granted resource consent. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Two New Auckland Special Housing Areas

Two new greenfield Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that will provide up to 1800 new homes in Auckland have been announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown. More>>

ALSO:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news