PATRON’S MESSAGE NEW ZEALAND
Kia ora e hoa ma! Salam Sejahtera!
These past two months, the New Zealand High Commission has been glad to welcome to Malaysia a group of New Zealand veterans of the Emergency and Confrontation – including one nurse who visited the hospital at Terendak Camp a few decades after she served there. It was special to join the veterans from New Zealand, Australia, the
United Kingdom and Malaysia for a commemoration service at Heroes Memorial Park in Kuching. The New Zealanders then marched in August’s Merdeka Day Parade while the other veterans visited other parts of Malaysia.
Through these moving moments, it was a chance to reflect on our shared history
supporting Malaysia in times of need. We’ve also been glad this past month to support a New Zealand Maori Film director, Paula Whetu Jones, who visited Malaysia to lead a film-making workshop as part of the 10th Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival. This was our second year supporting the Film Festival, and it was great to see it showcasing Films and Fillmmakers from all around the world, including New Zealand. It was wonderful for us at the High Commission to hear about the connections which Paula was able to make with local artists and Fillmmakers, and to see ties being built between our two countries’ creative industries.
We’re eagerly looking forward to seeing what projects come out of her visit.
Another big project of this past month has been the visit of the New Zealand Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier and Assistant Ombudsman Emma Leach. Both were here on the invitation of the Malaysian Government to talk about their roles, as part of Malaysia’s plans to implement its own office. The discussions with Malaysian civil servants, Members of Parliament and civil society organisations were in-depth and warm. We were happy to share our experience in support of Malaysian
initiatives to boost fairness and accountability.
This was followed by the 12th ASEAN – Australia – New Zealand dialogue. More on that in the next MANZA edition!
All in all, it’s been a great past two months for the team here at the High Commission – not to mention all the excitement around the start of this year’s Rugby World Cup! We’ll be looking forward to clear air in the months ahead, not to mention seeing some great performances from the All Blacks and Wallabies as we get closer to November’s Finals.
New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia