International News

United States Postal Service suspends mail deliveries to New Zealand

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has suspended mail deliveries to New Zealand due to an unavailability of transportation. The USPS said on its website that it was temporarily suspending international mail acceptance for a number of destinations. It said this was due to “impacts related to the Covid-19 pandemic and other unrelated service disruptions”. […]

New Zealand and Japan high schools win ‘dragon’s den’ style business pitches tackling Sustainable Development Goals

Five high schoolers from across New Zealand have been crowned winners in the inaugural BizVenture Programme, a pilot initiative led by Education New Zealand and its Japanese partners to give Kiwi and Japanese students a first-hand experience conceiving business solutions that address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Forty specially selected students* from New Zealand and […]

Human rights should be separate from trade deal

The Meat Industry Association says concerns about human rights should be kept away from trade, as it welcomes China’s bid to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Signatories to the trade deal, such as Australia, have previously voiced strong concern about China’s human rights record But a leading export body in New Zealand, the Meat Industry Association, […]

Evergrande woes and what it may mean for New Zealand?

Over the past week, concern has been growing about the bad debts being carried by China’s largest property developer Evergrande. Evergrande is carrying around $447 billion (US$315b) in debt. With Chinese households holding more than 60 per cent of their wealth in the form of property, a default by Evergrande could trigger a much broader […]

NZ providing further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan

New Zealand is providing a further $3 million in humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “There is a significant humanitarian need in Afghanistan, with the crisis disproportionately affecting women and girls,” said New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta. “New Zealand is providing funding to UNICEF and the UN Population Fund. Both […]

Further NZ$12 million of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response

A further NZ$12 million of support for Fiji’s COVID-19 response has been announced by Foreign Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today. The package builds on previous tranches of assistance New Zealand has provided to Fiji, totalling over NZ$50 million. The new package will support ongoing equipment and supply needs, including testing capacity, oxygen supply and Personal […]

South Korea will submit a bill to ratify RCEP agreement.

South Korea plans to submit a bill to ratify the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), joining New Zealand, China, Australia and the ASIAN countries. RCEP, creates the world’s biggest trade block covering around 30% of global gross domestic product and around 2.2 billion people. New Zealand and South Korea already have a comprehensive free trade […]

Kiwiso store opening provides NZ businesses new Chinese market opportunity

Alpha Group, a health supplement business in China, has opened its first supermarket, Kiwiso Store. Kiwiso will introduce premium New Zealand products to the Chinese market. Kiwiso offers 30 New Zealand wellness products, including natural foods, personal care, skincare, intimate care, and mum and baby products. The intention is to grow its offerings over the […]

New Zealand to increase NZDF commitment to the United Nations Command, Republic of Korea

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will deploy three additional personnel to the Republic of Korea, increasing the size of its contribution to the United Nations Command and its Military Armistice Commission from nine to 12 personnel. “Increasing the size of our deployment to the Republic of Korea reflects the importance that New Zealand places […]

End of New Zealand Afghanistan evacuation mission after Kabul terror attack

The Government has ended its effort to evacuate New Zealand citizens, their families, and Afghan allies from Afghanistan after a terror attack at Kabul’s international airport. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern issued a statement on Friday morning saying the last flight of a Defence Force Hercules into Kabul was completed on Thursday, prior to the attack. […]