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Reception on the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand
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10 November 2014 - Her Excellency Datin Paduka Tan Bee Yong, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam to New Zealand, this evening hosted a reception to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand. The reception was held at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand.

Present as the Guest of Honour was The Hon. Todd McClay, Minister of Revenue, Minister of State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister of Trade of New Zealand.

The reception was attended by over 150 guests from the New Zealand Parliament, various New Zealand Government agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Primary Resources; Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; Education New Zealand; New Zealand Tourism; New Zealand Wind Energy Association; New Zealand Trade and Enterprise; New Zealand Oil and Gas; and Immigration New Zealand.

Also present were representatives from the New Zealand – ASEAN Business Council; Universities; non-governmental organizations; and the diplomatic community in Wellington.    

Among those that attended the event were a group of 22 senior Government officials from Brunei Darussalam, who were in Wellington as part of their ongoing Executive Development Program, and officials from the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, who were on a working visit to New Zealand. 

In her remarks, Her Excellency Datin Paduka Tan Bee Yong thanked the distinguished guests for joining the special occasion to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand. Her Excellency highlighted that Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand continued to enjoy a warm, close and growing relationship, with strong bonds of friendship fostered at all levels.

Her Excellency highlighted that education, health, defence and trade were the pillars of bilateral cooperation, which continued to prosper and develop year by year. In education, Her Excellency underlined the importance of Brunei Darussalam’s longstanding relationship with the University of Otago and the University of Auckland, and expressed the hope that Brunei students in New Zealand would add value and diversity to the local culture and leave a personal meaning to the relationship. Her Excellency expressed appreciation for the contribution of New Zealand professionals, especially educators and pilots, to Brunei’s socio-economic development, and hoped that more young New Zealanders would undertake their studies in Brunei Darussalam’s academic institutions. 

Her Excellency commended the regular interactions and trust shared by the military personnel of both countries, including the unique relationship between New Zealand’s Massey University and the Brunei Defence Academy. 

Her Excellency also touched on the close collaboration by both countries in the regional and international arena, which have presented Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand as strategic partners and laid a solid platform for further practical cooperation. Her Excellency took the opportunity to congratulate New Zealand on its successful election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

In his speech delivered on behalf of the New Zealand Government, the Hon. Todd McClay expressed pleasure in jointly celebrating a key milestone in the Brunei Darussalam – New Zealand relationship. Noting that education was a cornerstone in the relationship, the Hon. Minister highlighted the training of Brunei’s future doctors and medical professionals in New Zealand under special arrangements with the University of Otago, and acknowledged the presence of New Zealand’s small but significant community in Brunei Darussalam.

The Hon. Minister expressed appreciation for the close cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand in the field of defence, including their collaboration as co-chairs of the Experts Working Group on Maritime Security, under the ADMM-Plus process.

Reiterating New Zealand’s commitment to deepen its links to the Asia-Pacific region, the Hon. Minister looked forward to the 40th Anniversary of dialogue relations between ASEAN and New Zealand in 2015, and expressed its desire to deepen regional economic integration through the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. The Hon. Todd McClay conveyed the appreciation of the New Zealand Government for Brunei Darussalam’s support towards its United Nations Security Council candidature, and looked forward to representing the voice of small, Asia Pacific States during its term.

The reception featured a brief video presentation, which highlighted key moments in the relationship between Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand, as well as cultural performances presented by Brunei students currently residing in New Zealand.


Wellington

10 November 2014

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