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John Key Awarded Order of Australia

John Key Awarded Order of Australia

“Former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has been awarded Australia’s highest honour in a ceremony in Canberra.” “Sir John, who led his country between 2008 and 2016, was appointed an Honorary Companion in…

John Key “Played Hand Of Fate Exceptionally Well”

John Key “Played Hand Of Fate Exceptionally Well”

“Imagine a Tory Prime Minister stepping down after nearly ten years at the top on his own terms. The budget was back in surplus, troublesome referendum results had been quickly forgotten, and the PM…

John Key Praised For Lifting New Zealand’s Economy

John Key Praised For Lifting New Zealand’s Economy

“New Zealand’s business leaders have praised retiring Prime Minister John Key for restoring pride in his people and for standing for a decade at the forefront of world leaders for his economic and ­social…

NZ to Fund Child Sport Development in Pacific

NZ to Fund Child Sport Development in Pacific

New Zealand will fund a five-year initiative aimed at getting more children in Pacific island countries to play sport according to Prime Minister John Key, reports the Daily Mail. The multi-million dollar programme…

Kiwis in Australia Still Treated Like Second-Class Citizens

Kiwis in Australia Still Treated Like Second-Class Citizens

“There has long been anger among New Zealanders at being treated like second-class citizens in Australia,” writes Susan Chenery in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald. It is estimated that New Zealanders…

Bank of China New Zealand Signs Agreement with Immigration NZ

Bank of China New Zealand Signs Agreement with Immigration NZ

Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited has signed a partnership arrangement with Immigration New Zealand, which will simplify visa application processes for their high net worth customers wishing to study or visit. “In addition to…

Steve Braunius Cuts to the Chase about the Flag

Steve Braunius Cuts to the Chase about the Flag

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, New Zealand author and journalist Steve Braunius dives into the flag debate as the nation votes in a second referendum on whether to retain the…

Trans-Tasman New Pathways to Citizenship Deal Made

Trans-Tasman New Pathways to Citizenship Deal Made

New Zealanders who have lived and worked in Australia for more than five years will find it easier to access citizenship under a deal reached by the leaders of the two countries, the Guardian…

More People Moving from Australia to New Zealand Than Vice Versa

More People Moving from Australia to New Zealand Than Vice Versa

The long-existing friendly rivalry between Australia and New Zealand was complicated over the past few decades “by the fact that many New Zealanders moved to Australia in search of jobs and other opportunities”, writes Adam…

Vietnam and New Zealand Sign Cooperation Agreements

Vietnam and New Zealand Sign Cooperation Agreements

“Vietnam and New Zealand have signed several cooperation agreements during a visit by Prime Minister John Key to Hanoi as they seek to double bilateral trade in the next five years”, as reported in…

New Zealand Creates 620,000 Km2 Ocean Sanctuary

New Zealand Creates 620,000 Km2 Ocean Sanctuary

“A vast stretch of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone is being turned into an ocean sanctuary in a landmark deal to preserve one of the most pristine and unique environments on Earth”, according to…

John Key Talks Candidly with TIME

John Key Talks Candidly with TIME

Just hours before Prime Minister John Key addressed the United Nations recently, the National Party leader, who has been in office since 2008, spoke with TIME’s editors about Vladimir Putin, why New Zealand needs…

NZ Announces 40 Potential New Flag Designs

NZ Announces 40 Potential New Flag Designs

A shortlist with 40 flag proposals has been released by New Zealand’s Flag Consideration Panel after reviewing over 10,000 design submissions. “A great flag should be distinctive and so simple it can be…

Maori Water Rights up for Debate

Maori Water Rights up for Debate

“Unlike many countries,” The Economist reports, “New Zealand is blessed with abundant fresh water. Its temperate climate, regular rainfall over much of the country, and thousands of lakes and rivers ensure a…

New Zealand and Australian Leaders Commemorate World War I Centenary in New Zealand

New Zealand and Australian Leaders Commemorate World War I Centenary in New Zealand

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key have dedicated a new memorial to commemorate the centenary of the two countries’ joint involvement in the World War I Gallipoli campaign…

The tide turns in New Zealand’s favour

The tide turns in New Zealand’s favour

For more than 20 years, “the trans-Tasman migration tide” has been a one-way wave – a relentless flow of Kiwis to Australia. Australia was the land of milk and honey, a rich big brother…

New Zealand, Vietnam Agree to Increase Trade

New Zealand, Vietnam Agree to Increase Trade

New Zealand and Vietnam have announced ambitious new trade goals following a meeting between New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Wellington. “New Zealand and Vietnam have agreed…

Monocle’s Forecast for NZ in 2015

Monocle’s Forecast for NZ in 2015

There are three challenges New Zealand faces in 2015, according to Monocle magazine. Much of the success of Prime Minister John Key, who led the National party to a landslide in the September elections,…

NZ Welcomes China’s President in Style

NZ Welcomes China’s President in Style

“They say you can’t beat Wellington on a good day and that’s exactly what greeted China’s president in the New Zealand capital,” writes Jacqueline Le for The Daily Telegraph. President Xi Jinping, along with his…

New Zealand “Best-Designed Government in the World”

New Zealand “Best-Designed Government in the World”

New Zealand has the best designed government in the world, American political commentator Dylan Matthews writes for Vox. “The shire has a mighty fine political system,” he jokes. “Recently New Zealand held its 51st general election,…

Leaders Discuss Progress Report on Trans-Pacific Trade

Leaders Discuss Progress Report on Trans-Pacific Trade

At the White House meeting between Prime Minister John Key and President Barack Obama this week, the two leaders discussed a timeline to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade deal agreement by November when the…

Key: World Cup Will Be Unaffected by Cricket Scandal

Key: World Cup Will Be Unaffected by Cricket Scandal

Prime Minister John Key has said the current match-fixing scandal will not disrupt next year’s Cricket World Cup, jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia. The International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption investigation includes…

NZ Prepares to Wear ‘Big Boy Pants’

NZ Prepares to Wear ‘Big Boy Pants’

British BBC readers overwhelmingly support New Zealand ditching the last official remnant of its colonial past. A referendum will be held at this year’s election on whether to change the flag, which features the…

Prince George’s First Royal Trip to Be New Zealand

Prince George’s First Royal Trip to Be New Zealand

Prince George will take part in his debut public engagement next month when he accompanies the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to New Zealand, Kensington Palace has announced. The Prince, who will be…

US President Obama and PM John Key enjoy golf game in Hawaii

US President Obama and PM John Key enjoy golf game in Hawaii

In a rare vacation encounter with a foreign official, US President Barack Obama played golf in Hawaii with a new partner, Prime Minister John Key also on vacation, along with Key’s teenage son Max…

Australians Unhappy at Avatar Deal

Australians Unhappy at Avatar Deal

The Government has delivered a huge boost to the New Zealand film industry by cutting a deal with 20th Century Fox that will see the three James Cameron Avatar sequels filmed Downunder. Prime Minister…

‘NZ Story’ Toolkit Unveiled

‘NZ Story’ Toolkit Unveiled

Hobbits, yacht design and international celebrity chef Peter Gordon join the obligatory mountain peaks and coastal visas in a new toolkit of material designed to allow New Zealand businesses to tell a consistent story…

Prime Minister Gives Low-Down on Queenstown

Prime Minister Gives Low-Down on Queenstown

Prime Minister John Key provided The Telegraph with a guide to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown recently, describing the town as not only picturesque, but offer a full range of options for visitors. Key described…

New Zealand Parliament Passes Controversial Spy Bill 61-59

New Zealand Parliament Passes Controversial Spy Bill 61-59

The New Zealand parliament has narrowly passed a controversial bill that opponents say represents a fundamental threat to democratic rights and freedoms. The new legislation allows the country’s main intelligence agency, the Government Communications…

Wellington CBD Closes Following Magnitude 6.5 Quake

Wellington CBD Closes Following Magnitude 6.5 Quake

Much of Wellington’s CBD was closed on Monday as engineers assessed building for structural damage following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck on Sunday evening. While the New Zealand Parliament building and Beehive did sustain…

NSA Intelligence Not Sure Against Citizens PM Tells Parliament

NSA Intelligence Not Sure Against Citizens PM Tells Parliament

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said in Parliament that the country does not use foreign intelligence agencies to circumvent local laws or illegally spy on citizens, but declined to say whether the controversial…

NZ Navy To Visit US Navy Base For First Time in 30 Years

NZ Navy To Visit US Navy Base For First Time in 30 Years

A New Zealand navy ship will visit a US port in Guam for the first time in 30 years, in what NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says is a further sign of thawing…

Child Poverty ‘Stains’ NZ’s Human Rights Record Says Amnesty

Child Poverty ‘Stains’ NZ’s Human Rights Record Says Amnesty

Amnesty International blasted New Zealand for its high rate of child poverty, and its poor treatment of female domestic violence victims and asylum seekers. The condemnations came in Amnesty’s 2013 Global Report on Human…

Domestic Spy Stories Unfolding

Domestic Spy Stories Unfolding

“One of Kim Dotcom’s lasting legacies in New Zealand – beyond his already-legendary arrest, like something out of a film – is that the government may change the law to make it easier to…

Tim Groser out of WTO Race

Tim Groser out of WTO Race

A Latin American is set to head the World Trade Organization after the field for its next director general narrowed to Mexico’s former trade minister Herminio Blanco and Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevedo, according to…

Maori King’s Gift to Chairman Mao Loaned Back to New Zealand

Maori King’s Gift to Chairman Mao Loaned Back to New Zealand

‘The smallest is as a great as the largest’, said Chairman Mao when given a Maori cloak by New Zealand filmmaker Ramai Te Miha Hayward in 1957. Chairman Mao was replying to Ramai when…

650 Million Chinese Receive Offer to Study in New Zealand

650 Million Chinese Receive Offer to Study in New Zealand

A New Zealand education documentary is to screen on Chinese television to a potential audience of 650 million. Entitled Dragons in the Land of the Long White Cloud, the two-part series aims to attract…

China and New Zealand Trade on Track for  $20 Billion by 2015

China and New Zealand Trade on Track for $20 Billion by 2015

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister John Key have reconfirmed the target of doubling two-way goods trade between their nations to $NZ20 billion by 2015. ‘Businesses are on track to achieve this, and…

Columbia and NZ ‘Strategic Relationship’

Columbia and NZ ‘Strategic Relationship’

President Juan Manuel Santos of Columbia and Prime Minister John Key discussed a ‘strategic relationship’ and a possible free trade agreement, writes Joey O’Gorman in Columbia Reports. John Key’s visit to Columbia was the…

Chile and NZ Sign Agreement on Science

Chile and NZ Sign Agreement on Science

President Sebastián Piñera of Chile has signed a new trade agreement with the visiting Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key, writes Elizabeth Trovall of The Santiago Times. The agreement promises shared innovation in…

Mexico, NZ Commit to Stronger Trade Relations

Mexico, NZ Commit to Stronger Trade Relations

Prime Minister John Key says he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto want stronger trade relationships between New Zealand and Mexico, following talks in Mexico City. President Nieto and Prime Minister Key agreed a…

NZ Stays in Afghanistan

NZ Stays in Afghanistan

New Zealand will keep a small team of military personnel in Afghanistan to help coalition forces after it formally withdraws in April 2013, according to The Washington Post. The group of 27 will be…

On Foreign Affairs

On Foreign Affairs

Prime Minister John Key spoke with The Diplomat’s Zachary Keck concerning nuclear security, Afghanistan, relations with the United States and China as well as the Trans Pacific Partnership. “New Zealand views nuclear security as…

New Zealand Dolphin Faces Extinction

New Zealand Dolphin Faces Extinction

An estimated 55 adult Maui dolphins are left in the world. The Maui is unique to the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It is the world’s rarest and smallest dolphin. And, by…

Film Moving Economy

Film Moving Economy

“For better or worse, Key’s government has taken extreme measures that have linked its fortunes to some of Hollywood’s biggest pictures, making this country of 4.4 million people, slightly more than the city…

Prime Minister John Key On Budget 2012

Prime Minister John Key On Budget 2012

Prime Minister John Key outlines the Government’s 2012 Budget priorities.

Border Control Arguments

Border Control Arguments

New Zealand may be one of the most geographically isolated nations on Earth, but its leaders say the country is not immune to the risks of refugees arriving by boat and have now drafted…

Distinguished Scientist

Distinguished Scientist

Molecular physicist Sir Paul Callaghan, who was best known for his work with magnetic resonance, a field that has practical applications in everything from health care to industrial production, has died. He was 64….

Proud of Being a New Zealander: John Key

Proud of Being a New Zealander: John Key

John Key reflects on what makes him most proud to be a New Zealander.

National Party’s 2011 Election Win

National Party’s 2011 Election Win

Prime Minister John Key gives his 2011 election night victory speech

Mighty Tree Falls

Mighty Tree Falls

Former Governor General Sir Paul Reeves has died in Auckland, aged 78. Prime Minister John Key said New Zealand has lost one of its greatest statesmen. “Sir Paul’s contribution to New Zealand did not…

Relief for Christchurch Residents

Relief for Christchurch Residents

Thousands of Christchurch home owners are breathing a sigh of relief following John Key’s announcement on the future of their properties. Entire suburbs of Christchurch are to be abandoned due to unstable ground following…

HardTalk With John Key

HardTalk With John Key

BBC’s Stephen Sackur tackles PM John Key in London in a 25 minute interview for HardTalk (Part 1, Part 2). Positioning New Zealand as “very small” and “too small”, Sackur…

John Key’s Christchurch Message

John Key’s Christchurch Message

A special message from John Key following the Christchurch Earthquake.

John Key Declares National State of Emergency

John Key Declares National State of Emergency

Prime Minister John Key declares a state of emergency following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011.

John Key Models RWC Uniform

John Key Models RWC Uniform

Prime Minister John Key models the 2011 Rugby World Cup uniform.