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Steven Joyce in India to boost education and business links

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce is leading a delegation to India to lift  New Zealand’s profile as a destination for international students and to support NZ tertiary institutions and companies seeking to grow their business in the Indian market. “India is New Zealand’s third largest source …

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Back from the Gulag – just

Vladivostok has got a lot going for it. But out in the ‘Gulag’ – the concrete monstrosity that the Russians have plonked on Russky Island – it wasn’t so hot. It wasn’t the shoddy building standards (lifts stopping mid-floor; toilet doors too large for their frames) but the E-coli bug that did …

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Waiting game for Russian FTA

John Key and Vladimir Putin APEC 2012

Comment  Vladimir Putin is famously late. He stood-up the Ukraine president for four hours while he stopped off for a catch-up with Russian bikers called the “night wolves”. He’s even reported to have kept the Queen and the Pope waiting. Last week he kept influential international investors – including a …

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Tango with Russia shows promise

NZ Herald  Trade Minister Tim Groser has chalked up a victory in New Zealand’s long quest for a free trade deal with the emerging economic powerhouse of Russia. Let’s just call it “China redux”. The smart geo-politicking by New Zealand’s bevy of trade ministers and officials over nearly a decade …

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Trade club sets tough rules

NZ Herald  The Clark Government needs to get down to some serious strategy work after the collapse of the Cancun talks. New Zealand is at a critical point. There are strong suggestions that the key World Trade Organisation players will now change tack and build cosy clubs of their own. …

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Clinton Swansong plays to different tune

Comment  ANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – In Auckland last year, Bill Clinton could hardly move without feeling the beady eyes of his mother-in-law tracking his every move. The Clinton women: wife Hillary, daughter Chelsea and mother-in-law Dorothy Rodham, were not about to risk another bimbo eruption. Hillary Rodham Clinton – stepping …

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Business leaders meet the world shapers

NZ Herald  More than fine New Zealand wine will be flowing this weekend at Apec. The chief executives’ summit will bring together around 330 international delegates for four busy days of debate and discussion in a forum which aims to build relationships between business and politics and analyse the impact …

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