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Asia Perspectives on New Zealand: 1-7 August

What are English-language media in Asia saying about New Zealand? Here's a roundup of news and views from the region.

Grilled Annatto Chicken from Azon restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand.

Chef brings authentic Filipino flavours to Auckland

Leo Fernandez, the 2015 Masterchef New Zealand first runner-up, is one of 10 ASEAN chefs bringing Southeast Asian food to the world. Being a finalist on the show opened doors for him, which led him to open modern Filipino restaurant Azon, in Parnell, Auckland. Fernandez spoke to reporters at a cooking demonstration during the Food Connection Manila trade fair, which was also attended by David Strachan, the New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Philippines. “Thanks to Leo, Asian and Filipino cuisine will continue to grow,” said Strachan.

North Korean scholars denied entry to NZ

Ten North Korean academics who applied for visas to attend an international conference in Auckland were denied entry into the country. The group planned to attend the International Society for Korean Studies conference last week, which was attended by some 130 scholars from around the world. News sources suggested the move was part of international efforts to sanction North Korea in response to its ongoing nuclear and missile programmes.

China discusses NZ's role regional peace and stability

China's Foreign Minister praised New Zealand's objectivity on regional issues at a recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in the Philippines. Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on 7 August at the ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting in Manila. Wang highlighted New Zealand's role in regional peace and stability, and the high level of trust between New Zealand and China. 

Auckland CBD towers acquired by Singapore firms

Roxy-Pacific Holdings and Chip Eng Seng have jointly acquired the office building at 205 Queen Street, Auckland. The prime location property is presently leased through 2081. The acquisition is Roxy-Pacific's first venture into the New Zealand commercial market. The company sees it as an opportunity, and aims to raise occupancy to 100 percent. 

Indonesia, NZ improve co-operation on terrorism

New Zealand and Indonesia agreed last week to boost collaborative efforts on terrorism, including co-operation on information and exchange of experiences countering terrorism. The head of the Indonesian National Agency for Combating Terrorism, Commissioner General Suhardi Alius, emphasised a soft approach, including deradicalisation and counternarrative programmes. The agreement follows New Zealand’s participation in a counter-terrorism meeting, which also included Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Singapore confirms Ohakea flight training

Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (Mindef) conflirmed that approximately 110 personnel would be training in Ohakea with six F-16D+ fighter jets. The three-week exercise will take place from August 30 to September 25. New Zealand and Singapore are exploring the option of a long-term training arrangement.

Air NZ maintains top international reputation

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon discussed the airlines’ strategy and reputation in a recent talk for the CAPA Aviation Summit. The airline has grown 498 percent in the last five years. Some 15 million passengers fly Air New Zealand annually despite New Zealand’s isolated position. It also expanded into new markets from Beijing to Osaka to Ho Chi Minh City.

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8 August 2017