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Russian Billionaire allowed to subdivide New Zealand coastal land Print E-mail

June 9, 2012 New Zealand Herald, The Russian billionaire building one of the country's biggest homes in a scenic Northland bay has approval to subdivide the headland farm despite telling the Overseas Investment Office he would keep it as a single unit.

The Whangarei District Council allowed the subdivision of the headland into five lots with six building sites in 2010 at the same time as it granted consent for a beachfront lodge on the Helena Bay property.

Moscow-based steel magnate Alexander Abramov needed Government approval to buy the 215ha farm because its coastal location and size made it a sensitive purchase under our foreign ownership rules.

Mr Abramov's application to the OIO argued that selling the farm to him would benefit New Zealand in many ways - including preventing the headland being subdivided into lots as small as 20ha.

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Russian trade deal a hard sell for New Zealand Print E-mail

08 June 2012, 3 News New Zealand, Trade Minister Tim Groser says a promised free trade deal with the Russians is proving difficult to deliver.

New Zealand wants tariffs on dairy and meat exports to be dropped but the hurdles include one of new Russia's realities - corruption.

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Russian billionaire in New Zealand - From Russia on trust Print E-mail

June 9, 2012, New Zealand Herald - Environmentalists believe council planners dropped their rulebook to help a Russian billionaire enjoy his stunning Northland hideaway. But if Alexander Abramov keeps his promises, Helena Bay Farm may yet prove the sceptics wrong.

Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov told the Overseas Investment Office that allowing him to buy this 215ha Northland farm would save it from subdivision. After gaining approval, he subdivided it himself into five lots.

Helena Bay is, from any viewpoint, a special place. What lifts it beyond your average piece of "unspoilt" coastline is the view across the bay to Mimiwhangata, a peninsula of steep pasture, jagged edges and rocky outcrops. It was spared from development into a Gold Coast-style resort in the 1980s when owners NZ Breweries cut a deal with the Government and it is now a conservation and marine park.

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New Zealand's reputation to rescue - blame Russian Mafia connections? Print E-mail

07/06/2012 Fairfax NZ News, New Zealand has launched a diplomatic effort to get the country restored to a prestigious European Union banking and corporate "white list" after it was struck off for having weak money laundering and counter terrorist financing laws.

The Russian Federation was also removed, but because of corruption.

Being struck off the white list means that banks and institutions in the EU "will not be entitled any more to make simplified research for banks and financial institutions registered in New Zealand and Russia."

It also means European institutions can no longer "accept and acknowledge" customer identification and analysis" performed in New Zealand.

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NZ's Nuplex 2012 earnings at NZ131 mln Print E-mail

WELLINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Nuplex Industries on Tuesday said it expected earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) for the 2012 financial year to come in around NZ$131 million ($99.2 million), at the lower end of guidance announced in February.
The resins and chemicals maker said sluggish manufacturing and construction sectors in Australia/New Zealand posed a challenge to the company, but added its geographic and product diversity had reduced the impact of market volatility. In January, it said it will form a joint venture in Europe with Russian paint and resin producer KVIL Group, which plans to build a resin making factory in Russia for around 20 million euro in the next two years.

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Russia, New Zealand to sign soon an agreement on free trade Print E-mail

KAZAN, May 31 (Itar-Tass) — Russia and New Zealand intend to conclude an agreement on free trade in the agrarian sector, Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov said at a meeting with New Zealand's Minister for Primary Industries David Carter.
They are taking part in a session of ministries of agriculture in Kazan within the framework of preparations for the APEC-2012 summit, the forum’s press service told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
According to Fyodorov, the main attention will be paid to finalizing an agreement on free trade between the Customs Union countries and New Zealand. “It is especially important, because agricultural products constitute the basis of bilateral turnover,” the minister said.
Fyodorov is sure that “both countries are interested in the development of interaction in the agrarian sector.” Primarily he mentioned livestock breeding. Russia is interested in “the procurement of cattle, scientific cooperation, exchanges of specialists and training personnel,” he said.

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Only two New Zealand Universities' Diplomas Recognised in Russia Print E-mail

28 May 2012 Moscow Times Diplomas from 210 foreign universities will now be acknowledged in Russia without an additional state evaluation, according to a government order published Friday by Rossiiskaya Gazeta.
The selected universities, which represent 25 countries, have been featured on such lists as the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The government-approved list includes world-renowned top-tier schools as well as obscure midlevel ones.
Britain's Cambridge, Oxford and York universities and famous American institutions including Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology stand side by side with an assortment of U.S. state schools and outliers like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Russia - New Zealand Video

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Russia - New Zealand Quotes

That was the big effect Lord of the Rings had on me. It was discovering New Zealand. Even more precious were the people - not at all like the Australians. Ian Mckellen
На меня оказал большой эффект Властелин Колец; само открытие Новой Зеландии, и самое ценное - новозеландцев, совсем не похожих на австралийцев. Иан Маккеллен

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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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