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NZ Govt must send message to Russia over discriminatory laws Print E-mail

Press Release: Green Party  - 8 August 2013 - The Government needs to support gay New Zealand Olympian Blake Skjellerup and call for the repeal of homophobic laws ahead of the Winter Olympics in Russia, said Green Party rainbow spokesperson Jan Logie.

Openly gay New Zealand speed skater Blake Skjellerup plans to defy Russia’s recent ban of so-called "propaganda supporting” any "non-traditional sexual relations” if he is able to make the team for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

“There is growing evidence that recent Russian legislation which discriminates against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has sparked a growing spate of violent attacks on this community in Russia,” said Ms Logie.

Russia Bans New Zealand Dairy Giant’s Products Over Botulism Print E-mail

MOSCOW, August 3 2013 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s federal consumer-protection watchdog said Saturday that it bans dairy products by a major New Zealand company because they may contain bacteria that cause botulism.

Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement that it started recalling Fonterra’s products, including infant formula and advised Russian consumers not to buy the company’s other products.

Fonterra said earlier Saturday that tests of some ingredients showed traces of bacteria that causes botulism.

Russia bans adoptions by single Kiwis Print E-mail

Aug 3, 2013 - - Unmarried Kiwis are no longer able to adopt Russian children because New Zealand has legalised gay marriage, devastating an Auckland woman who was months away from bringing home a baby girl.

The 36-year-old single woman was in the final stages of a three-year adoption process and had already set up and decorated her daughter's room.

But she received the heartbreaking news that President Vladimir Putin had banned adoption of children by gay couples and single people - even if they are heterosexual - from countries which allow same-sex marriage. It affects 14 countries.

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser Visits Moscow Print E-mail

New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation

The New Zealand Minister of Trade, Hon Tim Groser, visited Moscow from 2-5 April.
While in Moscow the Minister had meetings at the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss latest developments with regards to New Zealand-Russia bilateral  trade and economic ties, including our ongoing FTA negotiations.

Eurasian Economic Commission interested in New Zealand’s policies Print E-mail

MOSCOW, 27 February (BelTA) – Minister of Industry and Agribusiness of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Sergei Sidorsky has met with Minister for Primary Industries of New Zealand Nathan Guy to discuss trade and cooperation prospects in agriculture. The meeting was held on 26 February during the visit of the EEC delegation led by Sergei Sidorsky to New Zealand, BelTA learnt from the EEC press service.

New Zealand athletes prepare for Russia Print E-mail

Paralympics New Zealand, March 7, 2013, The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place in Sochi, Russia from 7 - 16 March 2014 and with only one year to go, New Zealand’s top adaptive snow sports athletes are fully focussed on their goals. Adaptive skier Adam Hall and para-snowboarder Carl Murphy have travelled to Sochi to compete at a Paralympic test event and take a first-hand look at some impressive new facilities. The Sochi 2014 Organising committee have not only designed a spectator-orientated Olympic Games but the facilities and athlete villages have been designed with the Paralympics at the forefront of their plans.

Putin receives credentials of New Zealand Ambassador Hamish Cooper Print E-mail

Jan 24, 2013 RIA Novosti Russian President Vladimir Putin has received credentials from new ambassadors of 19 countries.
The credentials were presented by ambassadors of Spain, Cuba, Mexico, Serbia, Australia, Estonia, the Philippines, Sudan, Egypt, New Zealand and other countries.

The event signified the start of their official diplomatic work in Russia.


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A country of inveterate, backwoods, thick-headed, egotistic philistines. (about New Zealand) Vladimir Lenin, 1909
Полагаю, мы все были рады покинуть Новую Зеландию. Неприятное место. Коренное население лишено наивной простоты... и большая часть британцев - просто отбросы общества. Чарльз Дарвин, 1860

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Russia - New Zealand History

Russian knowledge of New Zealand and the Maori dates from the late seventeenth century. New Zealand was the first region of Polynesia of which the Russians had authoritative data, all collected from the Dutch. The Dutch material was complemented in the later eighteenth century by primary accounts of Captain James Cook's several visits to that country and his lengthy stays within Queen Charlotte Sound.
In 1808 and 1814, the first Russian encounters with the Maori took place at Cape Town and Sydney. Though the officers of the Diana and Suvorov found the Maoris from the Bay of Islands (Matara, Ruatara, Hongi Hika, and others) intellectually quick and very friendly, they could not think of them other than as recent and potential cannibals.
The reports of Cook and his associates, published in German, French, and Russian, reinforced this association. Nonetheless, a Russian expedition led by Captain F.F. Bellingshausen paid a visit to Queen Charlotte Sound in 1820, using Cook's charts and accounts. It proved to be most important from the standpoint of ethnology, and was useful for the visitors as well, who were amply supplied with food. Glynn Barratt, Russia and the South Pacific, 1696-1840, Volume 2, University of British Columbia Press, 1988

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