NZ High Commission

John Subritzky New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia

May 2017

If you enjoy photography, I hope you had the opportunity to visit Aspiring New Zealand at Bangsar Shopping Centre last month. The photo collection featured aerial images of New Zealand’s landscapes from a perspective rarely seen by the public. We partnered with internationally renowned (Malaysian) photographer, Jeffry Lim, whose series of photos have won two awards at the 2016 International Photography Awards in New York.

Starting this month, we’ll be revealing a collection of images illustrating Malaysia’s and New Zealand’s longstanding people-to-people links and strong ties founded in development, trade, education and security & defence. The collection will launch at “Malaysia at 60: Diplomacy through the Ages”, an exhibition curated by Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event was due to launch in March but has been rescheduled from 8th May until 29th June at the National Museum.

We’re also looking forward to our community and alumni outreach activities when one of our ANZAC Frigates, HMNZS Te Kaha, visits Kuching later this month. It’ll be a nice opportunity for us to reconnect with our friends in Sarawak, a state with which New Zealand has had a long and warm relationship. Meanwhile, we continue to welcome a number of New Zealand Ministers to Malaysia, and will soon be expecting our Minister for M?ori Development, Hon Te Urorua Flavell.  Mr Flavell will be coming with senior leaders of a wide range of M?ori businesses and commercial operators.  

Our colleagues in New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Education New Zealand have been busy with food promotions and the launch of a new education programme. The FCertNZ Foundation Programme allows Malaysian students to pursue their undergraduate education in New Zealand after completing a foundation year at Malaysia’s Kolej Yayasan Saad (KYS) Business School. Tan Sri Halim Saad, a New Zealand alumnus, founded KYS. The programme is applicable for over seven undergraduate courses, including accounting, engineering, medicine and biomedical science.

As we approach the middle of the year (how does time go past so quickly!), Angela and I send our best wishes to you all.