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Asia Perspectives on NZ: April 17-21

What are the English-language media in Asia saying about New Zealand? In a new weekly series, the Asia New Zealand Foundation looks at views coming from the region and from Asian media in New Zealand.

Perspectives from Asia on NZ's immigration changes

NZ Immigration changes

Media reports from Asia generally describe New Zealand’s immigration changes as part of a broader international trend to reduce immigration, referencing announcements made in Australia earlier in the week.

Taiwan diplomat in hot soup over Maori king comment

A ruling-party politician has demanded the Foreign Ministry take action on its diplomat Kay Lin, formerly posted in New Zealand, for allegedly calling Maori king Tuheitia Paki “useless” at a banquet in 2016. Her comment was overheard by the king’s Mandarin-speaking secretary, Rangihiroa Whakaruru. Lin is set to be Taiwan's deputy representative to Australia in May.

NZ Defence leads Southeast Asian war-fighting exercise

Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Te Kaha at sea

The Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha is taking a lead role in Bersama Shield 17, a three-week war-fighting exercise. The naval and air exercise is conducted annually under the Five Power Defence Arrangements, which includes New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Singapore.

Chinese students seek better job prospects at home

More young Chinese studying at foreign universities, including one person who studied and worked in New Zealand for 17 years, are returning to China after graduation due to perceptions of better employment opportunities.

North Korea on agenda during McCully's Honolulu visit

NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully will discuss Asia-Pacific issues with US military chiefs during his visit to Hawaii this week. "Honolulu is a pivotal channel for New Zealand's views on the Asia-Pacific into Washington, DC, and my visit is an opportunity to emphasise the value of New Zealand-US cooperation in the Asia Pacific," he said in a statement.

TPP signatories to discuss options in May: McClay

After the US exit, NZ Trade Minister Todd McClay says the 11 remaining signatories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will discuss options in May 2017. All ideas will be considered, including "any agreement that has the door open to the US and others joining in when they are able to do so".

Kiwi cricket stars team up to bring NZ lamb to India

New Zealand lamb is leaving Indian consumers bowled over, and Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori are helping to push sales as demand from the middle and upper classes grows.

NZ wine comes up tops in South Korean list

A bunch of green grapes

Oyster Bay's sauvignon blanc has won first place in the premium wine section in the JoongAng Ilbo Wine Consumer Report. Marlborough's Jackson Estate took second place.

Perception of NZ from Japan

“Oh, New Zealand? Isn’t it dangerous there? They have a lot of earthquakes.”

21 April 2017