John Subritzky New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia
We have continued to be very busy here at the High Commission with various visits and activities. One of the highlights was another successful Taste NZ Fair which saw many people sampling New Zealand food and beverage products. Many of these products, including muesli and Abe’s bagel crisps, are available at Cold Storage supermarkets throughout Kuala Lumpur. It’s nice to have little bit of New Zealand in Malaysia!
We hosted a delegation from the Asia New Zealand Foundation that was here to attend the ASEAN Australia New Zealand Track II Dialogue. Track IIs are an opportunity for non-government representatives and academics to discuss regional issues and explore possible solutions. The event is organised annually by Malaysia’s Institute of Strategic and International Studies and is supported by both High Commissions. Delegates around the table engaged on regional issues ranging from maritime security to the current refugee situation,. After the dialogue, our delegates had the opportunity to meet with a group of Track II contacts to further discuss regional issues and their impact on New Zealand interest’s.
2017 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Malaysia and we will be planning a number of events to celebrate our longstanding friendship. To kick things off, we have launched a logo design competition that is open to members of the public. Both I and Prof Jimmy Choo, OBE will be selecting the winning logo, which will be used to brand out activities across the anniversary year. The winner will win two return tickets to New Zealand. If you’d like to enter the competition, please visit www.facebook.com/nzhckl for further details.