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From 12 to 14 February 2014 representatives of the Russian Leaders’ Club and Agency for Strategic Initiatives established by V.V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation, together with journalists from the Rossiya-24 TV Channel paid an official visit to Wellington with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in New Zealand and the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Belarus in New Zealand, Prior Group Chairman Mr Stuart Prior. The aim of the visit was to familiarise Russian colleagues with company registration procedures in New Zealand, leader of the world rating for ease of registration and of Doing Business.

on the photo: Meeting with NZ Minister of Business and Innovations Hon Mr Steven Joyce

The visit was initiated by the Russian side. Meetings at a high level were organised. It was a successful visit.  The visit programme included meetings with experts from the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; the New Zealand Minister of Business and Innovation, Hon Steven Joyce; the Foreign Affairs spokesperson for the New Zealand Labour Party, Mr David Shearer; the President, CEO and members of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, and representatives of local business circles. It is to be hoped that this visit will contribute to the development of cooperation between New Zealand and Russia.

 

 

Russia - New Zealand Video

To see the video of Stuart Prior talking to New Zealand TV, Nov 2010, about Russia - New Zealand Free Trade Agreement please go to http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/former-ambassador-russian-free-trade-5-41-video-3896384

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The first European to find NZ was a Dutch who was looking for smthing else. It takes its name from a province of Holland to which it does not bear the remotest likeness, and is usually regarded as the antipodes of England, but is not. Taken possession of by an English navigator, whose action was reversed by his country's rulers, it was only annexed by the English Government which did not want it, to keep it from the French who didW.P.Reeves, 1898

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Lieut. -Colonel H. C. Barclay, M.D., of Timaru, writing to the Christchurch Sun, says: — Arriving in Petrograd, after a tedious 22 days journey from Japan, I was anxious to waste no time, but to get to the front. At that time no reverses had be fallen the English or French troops, and the idea of my commission leading to an appointment in England among the army that was to be recruited had not occurred to me, and so I promptly offered myself as an army surgeon to the Russians, and was accepted as an operating surgeon, though of the language I knew nothing. Still, if they were game to take me, I was game to go. During the ten days of waiting I had some interesting, if not exciting, personal expediences. I had the honor of being, presented to the Empress - that is, the Dowager Empress, the mother of the present Tsar. It was at one of the summer palaces on the island of the Neva, on the borders of Petrograd. After some formal introduction to a baroness and one of the Princesses, the Empress came in. She was attired in black with a plain white collar and a pearl necklace, her hair dressed in ordinary English fashion. There was no difficulty in seeing at once the likeness to Queen Alexandra, whose sister she is, but she was not as tall, nor as impressive in appearanpe as I understand the late Queen of England to be. She was exceedingly gracious in manner and in speech, and spoke English like an English lady would. Among other things, she expressed her pleasure at seeing an Englishman with her troops, and when she spoke of  the Anglo-Russian alliance, the emotion behind the words was plainly visible to me. A TALISMAN. When I said  that while with her countrymen I hoped to do my duty faithfully and well she slipped a little present into my hand, saying, -"Keep this for my sake, and may it protect you." Then her Majesty looked me very straight in the face and paused - her eyes were moist “Thank God for the English alliance," – she said and raising her hand to my lips I kissed it, bowed, and she passed out. It needed no keen observer to be aware of the feeling at the back of words in themselves so simple. Needless, to say, the little gift was of the nature of an amulet, a religious token to be worn round the neck. Of her interest in my reasons for being in Russia at the time, and of her questions about New Zealand and Australia I need not write. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13570, 23 December 1914, Page 2

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