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New Zealand is like a dream for Russians Print E-mail

July 11, 2012, Rakesh Krishnan Simha, specially for RIR, http://indrus.in
Highly educated Russian immigrants often feel frustrated by the lack of opportunities in New Zealand, but despite finding the going tough most are in for the long haul.

Russians chase the New Zealand dream

Russia and New Zealand may be separated by distance but not by time. At the November 2010 APEC conference in Japan, then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev found himself seated next to John Key, the New Zealand prime minister.

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New Zealand Company registration in the firing line Print E-mail

08/07/2012 - - Fairfax NZ News - New Zealand's lax company registration has come under renewed criticism after a local shell company, with the assistance of Russian and Vanuatuan nominee directors, spirited nearly $1 million through Latvian bank accounts.

On July 30, 2010, the High Court in Auckland appointed Grant Thornton's Greg Sherriff and Tim Downes as liquidators of Premio Partners after a claim for 620,900 ($957,000) from the liquidators of United Kingdom firm International Trading Group (UK).

Premio is a company set up by shell company firm GT Group, operated by the Taylor family, whose pre-packaged companies and nominee directors have been used by clients to ship arms to North Korea and to launder drug money.

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New Zealand shell companies in Kyrgyz corruption Print E-mail

Fairfax NZ News 02/07/2012 New Zealand companies with a vacant driveway in Auckland's Albany as a registered address have been key players in a US$1.2 billion (NZ$1.5b) money laundering scandal in central Asia that helped bring down a government and sparked deadly riots.
A report by London based non-profit NGO Global Witness offers more embarrassing revelations over company formations that in May saw New Zealand struck off a prestigious European Union banking "white list" because of weak money laundering and terrorism financing rules.
The report also outed several recurring director/shareholder names on the New Zealand's Companies Office register that are likely to be low-paid fronts for unknown people who control the shell companies.
Global Witness' 90-page report 'Grave Secrecy' shows how New Zealand, British and Bulgarian companies moved billions of dollars in suspicious transactions at AsiaUniversalBank (AUB), Kyrgyzstan's largest bank.

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Russia, New Zealand to ink environment protection deal at APEC Print E-mail

MOSCOW, June 15 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia and New Zealand will sign an agreement on the environment protection cooperation at an APEC summit in Vladivostok in September this year.
The details of the agreement were discussed at a meeting between Director of the International Cooperation Department Nuritdin Inamov and New Zealand’s Ambassador in the European Union and NATO Vangelis Vitalis, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources reported on Wednesday.

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Press Release by Federated Farmers re NZ Dairies Print E-mail

Press Release by Federated Farmers, 15 Jun 2012
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Federated Farmers is joyed by Fonterra Cooperative Group signing a conditional offer to purchase the milk processing assets of New Zealand Dairies.  If approved by the Commerce Commission and with that company in receivership, it will deliver certainty to affected farmer-creditors.

“This is an unexpectedly good bolt out of the blue," says Willy Leferink, Federated Farmers Dairy chairperson.

“It may surprise those outside of the industry but we thought Fonterra was an unlikely contender for NZ Dairies.  We now know Fonterra sees the Studholme dairy plant as complementary to its new $500 million facility being built at Darfield.

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New Zealand Fonterra buys failed Russian NZ Dairies plant Print E-mail

NBR June 15, 2012 - Fonterra has agreed to buy a Russian-owned dairy factory at Studholme in South Canterbury, which has been in receivership since May.
Under the conditional agreement, Fonterra will acquire the milk processing assets of the New Zealand Dairies Group, subject to commerce commission approval.
The co-op says the deal means NZ Dairies' existing farmers suppliers will be paid in full by the receivers and will have their milk processed and paid for from the start of the new dairy season in a few weeks.
NZDL went into receivership on 17 May, with the receivers - Colin Gower, Stephen Tubbs and Brian Mayo-Smith of BDO - calling for buyers the next day.

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New Zealand talks on Customs Union trade deal on track Print E-mail

12 June 2012 - Fairfax NZ News, Trade Minister Tim Groser says free trade negotiations with Russia are very much alive, despite the shelving of a meeting between Prime Minister John Key and Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.
Key had hoped to meet Putin on the way to England and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
But the meeting was postponed because of its proximity to Putin's recent inauguration and the fact that many ministers had not yet been appointed.

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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

Russia - New Zealand Quotes

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.Winston Churchill, 1939
I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast. Elizabeth II
Я никогда до этого не была в Новой Зеландии. Но одним из образцов подражания для меня всегда была Зена, королева воинов, она родилась там. Мадлен Олбрайт, 1995

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Russia - New Zealand History

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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