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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

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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