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Murray McCully’s address to the Pacific Partnership Forum


Foreign Minister Murray McCully spoke to the US-NZ Pacific Partnership forum yesterday setting the scene with a speech focused on bilateralism. Thank you for being here. It’s great to be back in Washington, and to see so many friends of New Zealand here today. I attended the first of these …

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Fonterra launches Mainland Cheese in Malaysia

Fonterra Brands Malaysia’s launch of Mainland Cheese in Malaysia signals the strengthening trade links between New Zealand and South-East Asia, Minister for Economic Development Steven Joyce says. Joyce today launched the Mainland Cheese brand at a New Zealand Gala event in Kuala Lumpur. “Over the last five years, Fonterra Brands …

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Kiwi and Japanese business leaders talk trade issues in Queenstown

Updated    My assessment of the meeting is that the business leaders from Japan were very supportive of TPP in principle as a means of boosting Japan’s economic growth, but are aware of the practical challenges around joining this year. They were realistic about the political challenges that PM Abe …

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ANZ Morning Brief: Same old same old in Japan

SAME OLD SAME OLD IN JAPAN .  According to exit polls the Liberal Democratic Party has won a large majority in Japan ’s parliamentary elections. The return of Shinzo Abe marks Japan ’s seventh PM in fewer than seven years. Watch for a potential increase in tensions with China as Abe …

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Sir Graeme Harrison has a beef with Indonesia

Anzco Foods chairman Sir Graeme Harrison says the NZ beef trade has been impeded by the Indonesian Government’s decision to introduce quotas. “My own company Anzco Foods is New Zealand’s second largest beef exporter,” Sir Graeme told the Indonesia Forum. “We, along with others in the meat industry, have benefitted from …

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Japanese car sales slump in China


Breakfast Video  Japanese car brands at the Guangzhou auto show admit to difficult sales in China in a year which has seen violent protests over territorial disputes with Japan in the South and East China seas. Other foreign brands report growing sales in the world’s biggest car market

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