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2 September, 2014

McCully welcomes Chinese counterpart

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will host his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, for a working visit to New Zealand from 4-5 September.

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2 September, 2014

NZ deeply concerned at West Bank land appropriation

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is deeply concerned at the announcement by Israel’s Civil Administration Authority that they will appropriate 400 hectares of privately owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem for Israeli settlements.

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2 September, 2014

NZ to ratify global arms trade treaty

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed news that New Zealand will ratify the Arms Trade Treaty - a world-first agreement aimed at regulating and controlling the trade in conventional arms.

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1 September, 2014

Largest solar array in the Pacific completed

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the completion of the Apia racecourse solar array in Samoa today.

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29 August, 2014

NZ disturbed by reports of Russian Troop Movements

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is deeply disturbed at today’s reports indicating the involvement of Russian troops in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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28 August, 2014

NZ provides further aid to Iraq

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced that New Zealand will provide $500,000 to support humanitarian efforts by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Iraq.

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27 August, 2014

NZ urges all parties to make Gaza ceasefire work

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand welcomes news that an indefinite ceasefire has been agreed by Israel and the Palestinians.

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21 August, 2014

NZ welcomes UN SIDS visitors

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the dignitaries and leaders that will visit New Zealand on-route to the Small Island Developing States Conference in Samoa from 1-4 September.

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21 August, 2014

McCully to Fiji for talks with Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Nadi tomorrow to meet with Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

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10 August, 2014

Air NZ alliance opens gateway to ASEAN region

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed regulatory approval for the alliance between Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines, describing the initiative as “a game changer” in his meeting with Foreign Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) earlier today.

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7 August, 2014

New Ambassador to Rome appointed

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Patrick Rata as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Italy.

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7 August, 2014

New Consul-General to Shanghai announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Guergana Guermanoff as New Zealand’s new Consul-General to Shanghai.

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7 August, 2014

NZ-Croatia Working Holiday Scheme announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today that up to 100 young New Zealanders will be able to spend a year in Croatia following the signing of a reciprocal Working Holiday Scheme.

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6 August, 2014

McCully to Myanmar for Asian Regional Meetings

Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to Myanmar this week to attend the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the ASEAN Regional Forum, and the ASEAN-New Zealand Ministerial Meeting.

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5 August, 2014

McCully announces first Consul-General for Western China

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Alistair Crozier to open New Zealand’s new Consulate in Chengdu, Western China.

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5 August, 2014

New Ambassador to the Netherlands announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Janet Lowe as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to the Netherlands, to be based in The Hague.

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4 August, 2014

Next Ambassador to Thailand announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat Reuben Levermore as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to Thailand.

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1 August, 2014

NZ exceeds commitment to Pacific renewable energy

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today updated Pacific leaders and post Forum dialogue partners on the progress being made to implement renewable energy projects agreed to at the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit.

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1 August, 2014

News of Gaza ceasefire welcomed

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the Joint Statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry that there will be a 72 hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

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30 July, 2014

NZ support for the Pacific’s ‘Blue Economy’

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the Oceans theme of the 2014 Pacific Islands Forum and announced new support for efforts to monitor illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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30 July, 2014

NZ welcomes landmark agreement with the EU

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the conclusion of negotiations on the Partnership Agreement on Relations and Cooperation (PARC) between New Zealand and the European Union.

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30 July, 2014

NZ support for upgrade of Pacific navigation charts

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will lead a new regional programme to improve Pacific navigation charts.

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27 July, 2014

McCully to attend Pacific Islands Forum

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will lead the New Zealand delegation to the 45th Pacific Islands Forum in Palau on behalf of Prime Minister John Key this week.

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24 July, 2014

NZ to assist with MH17 Disaster Victim Identification

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that a team of three New Zealand Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) experts are due to depart for the Netherlands as part of international efforts to identify all 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

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23 July, 2014

NZ congratulates Indonesian President elect

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today congratulated Joko Widodo on winning the Indonesian Presidential election.

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21 July, 2014

Iran nuclear talks to continue

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed the decision by the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran to continue negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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21 July, 2014

McCully to Timor-Leste and Commonwealth Games

Foreign Minister Murray McCully will travel to Timor-Leste this week to attend the Summit of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and then continue on to Glasgow to represent the New Zealand Government at the 20th Commonwealth Games.

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19 July, 2014

NZ makes further calls for full MH17 investigation

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand has used a special sitting of the United Nations Security Council to call for a full investigation into the crash of flight MH17.

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18 July, 2014

Crash of flight MH17 a tragedy for families

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says that the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 is a tragedy and has extended condolences on behalf of all New Zealanders to the families of those on board.

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15 July, 2014

Foreign Secretary Hague a great friend to NZ - McCully

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today paid tribute to outgoing UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, describing him as a “great friend to New Zealand.”

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