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NZIA Newsletter for April 2018

April 2018 Newsletter The warm summer that we have experienced so far, is about to leave us, and will be replaced by Pak Jack Frost. This is the time when colds and flu make their presence known so please take care as the colder weather arrives.

What’s new: There is provision in our constitution for an NZIA patron and for many years we have not had one, so its will great pleasure that I announce to you all that Ambassador H.E. Tantowi Yahya has agreed to be Patron of the New Zealand Indonesia Association. That you very much Ambassador for accepting our invitation to be our Patron.

President Jokowi meets Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Indonesian President Jokowi has been and gone. Sadly the visit was all too short and few local New Zealanders got to meet or even see President Jokowi. I understand that many of the Indonesian community did get to see him and even meet him, so that was a bonus. With few NZ érs knowing much about Indonesia (other than Bali) a bit of fan fare and media coverage about the visit would have not gone astray. It would have been great to have seen more President Jokowi photo opportunities. There were positive outcomes from associated disaster risk reduction delegation visits including signing of a Wellington Padang cooperation agreement with plans for a series of follow up initiatives.

This year as you all know marks the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and New Zealand. To mark this significant occasion your committee is working one two or three projects that the community as a whole can share.

The first project was the Indonesia Photo Exhibition held in the Wellington Public Library for the 10 days from 14th to 24th March to time with President Jokowi’s visit to NZ. It was organised with the help of Graeme Carroll, Jan Gould, Helen Trustrum, Grace Pamungkas, Rito Triumbarto, Bill Russell, AUT, GNS Science and with sponsorship from Story!inc.

Approx 200 photos of various projects that NZ have had involvement with were on display: and our thanks go to GNS Science for a loan of their extensive collection, to AUT University for a display of their Indonesian activities and to Helen Trustrum for allowing us to display some of her late husband Noel’s photograph collection of the Boxing Day tsunami in Aceh. They were not just photos but portrait photos. Being displayed in the Wellington Public library alongside one of the busiest coffee bars in Wellington, we cannot hazard a guess how many people viewed the photos, but we think it was in the hundreds, so thank you to all who set this up, and then cleaned up afterwards. To my knowledge, it is the first time that NZIA have publicly put on a display about Indonesia, so well done all.

We forecasted last month that AUT would be our guest speaker this month, but there is a change of plan. Due to key staff at AUT travelling overseas, they have not been able to attend this months (April) meeting. We have therefore invited Dr Chris McKeown Vice President Exploration and Production of NZ Oil and Gas to be our guest speaker this month. This will be on Thursday April 19th at 7.30 PM in the atrium of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia. Please come and listen to Chris on their exploration work in Indonesia where they have a substantial foothold and to meet his Indonesian colleague Joko. NZIA mailing list: Nigel Connell is revamping our membership list, so that we can be more efficient in our communications to you. If you are not getting emails from us directly please let Nigel know at It is our aim to be able to send out emails accurately and immediately we receive news that we think you should know about. Please email Nigel NOW with your correct address if we are overlooking you. Thank you for your cooperation.

Looking ahead: for May we plan to have AUT make their presentation, and perhaps for June we plan to invite an MP with connections to Indonesia to address us. Its time again for an AGM, so this has to be fitted in at some stage.

Salam hangat

Bill Russell President


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