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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.

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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.

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Russia bans adoptions by single Kiwis Print E-mail

Aug 3, 2013 - nzherald.co.nz - 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Russia - New Zealand Video

    VESTI 24 Russian TV: Why do leading world powers treat little New Zealand as an equal partner? http://www.vestifinance.ru/videos/5096

Russia - New Zealand Quotes

There are the Russians, who are the Antipodes to all other nations, born, it would seem, into a different perspective or proportion, often overtaken by disaster owing to ignorance or vastness, but wrongly blamed for never having been happy.Sacheverell Sitwell, 1941
Жуткая трагедия в Южных морях! Три миллиона людей заживо попали в ловушку.Томас Скотт, 1979

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Russia - New Zealand History

Every day that we were there the Zealanders would arrive at our sloops at about 10 in the morning and would remain until evening. Having traded their goods they would have lunch with us. They ate our dry bread, peas, kasha and sugar with real appetite. They did not like our salt beef at all and were not great fans of the pork, nor were they able to drink our rum and wine. From time to time they would help our sailors in their work, for which the hardest workers would be rewarded with nails. Sometimes, making merry, they would give us the pleasure of watching their dances and listening to their songs. For this, about 15 men would stand in a single line. One of them, stamping his foot, would begin to sing. In mid-verse there would suddenly be a common, quite quick and wild shout, then they would lift their arms up, extend them, and let them fall, while strongly stamping their feet, distorting their whole bodies and making fierce faces. They would finish this song by going down on one knee and making a frightful, lingering laugh. Our sailors adopted their dance and song very well indeed, and on our sloop at the South Pole where the daily dangers depressed the spirit, they would sometimes cheer everybody up with their imitation (of the haka - translated by Prior Group). N.Galkin, surgeon on board the Russian vessel “Mirny” (Peaceful), during their stay in New Zealand, Queen Charlotte Sound, Russian Expedition, 1820

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