Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Sir Maarten Wevers Honoured by Japan

The Conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star upon Sir Maarten Wevers

The Government of Japan has announced today, 29th April 2020, the recipients of the 2020 Spring Imperial Decorations. Among those rewarded is Sir Maarten Wevers, former Ambassador of New Zealand to Japan. Sir Wevers is to be bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, in recognition of his outstanding contributions towards the promotion, development, and strengthening of Japan and New Zealand's bilateral relationship.

Sir Maarten Wevers, with his fluent Japanese, served as the Ambassador of New Zealand to Japan from 1994 to 1997. During his term of office, in addition to strengthening Japan-New Zealand relations on the political front by planning and executing Prime Ministers’ and Ministerial Visits, he also enhanced economic, investment, and trade linkages in collaboration with Japanese business representatives. Beyond political and economic affairs, Sir Wevers was also actively involved in expanding cross-cultural community activity at a grassroots level, making contributions to the establishment and enhancement of the sister city relationships between Japan and New Zealand. From 1994 and 1997, nine new sister city agreements were signed, including that of Sakai City and Wellington.

Sir Maarten Wevers was knighted for his services for the State as Chief Executive, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2004 to 2012.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether Spotify Can Save Itself; Plus A Playlist

Spotify has to be one of the most interestingly futile mouse-wheels of 21st century capitalism. Run, run, run goes the Spotify mouse but it never, ever makes a profit. For reasons set out below, it maybe never will. But it won’t be for wont of trying. Reportedly, Spotify’s music library contains 70 million tracks and it adds 60,000 more each day. By some estimates it adds on average, one new track every 1.4 seconds. (No wonder it's so hard to keep up with new music.) Spotify has 345 million active users, and 155 million of them have been willing to pay a subscription in order to enjoy their music ad-free. Ads are not a major driver of company revenue...

Alastair Thompson: Are There TPLF Ethiopia Insurgency Training & Support Operations in Uganda?

Mystery Document Alleges:
Covert Operation has US/Egypt Support
Operations Coordinated between South Sudan, TPLF and Uganda
Planning began December 2021...



Government: Action To Tackle Delays In Family Court
New legislation aimed at tackling delays in the family justice system, will help improve the wellbeing of thousands of children caught up in Family Court disputes every year, Justice Minister Kiri Allan says... More>>

Prime Minister: Chatham House Speech
What an honour it is to be back in London, and to be here at Chatham house. This visit represents much for me. The reopening of borders and resumption of travel after a difficult few years... More>>

Government: New Zealand Secures Major Free Trade Deal With European Union
New Zealand and the European Union have concluded negotiations on a major free trade agreement (FTA), which unlocks access to one of the world’s biggest and most lucrative markets... More>>


Economy: Financial Statements Of The Government Of New Zealand
Please note the next Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand to be released will be for the full year ended 30 June 2022. It is anticipated that these will be released in early October 2022... More>>

Government: New Era For Better Health In Aotearoa New Zealand

The Government has today delivered a nationwide health system that will ensure better outcomes for all New Zealanders with the establishment of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand... More>>

Greens: Alcohol Harm Minimisation Bill Pulled From Biscuit Tin

After years of research and advocacy, Parliament will finally consider legislation to take meaningful action on alcohol harm, says the Greens... More>>




InfoPages News Channels