New Zealands nye statsminister lover folkeavstemning om cannabis

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New Zealands nyvalgte statsminister lover en folkeavstemning om cannabis i løpet av de neste tre årene, skriver NRK.no 

Sosialdemokraten Jacinda Ardern (37), som blir landets yngste statsminister gjennom tidene, sier hun alltid har vært åpen for at folk ikke skal fengsles for personlig bruk av cannabis, melder nyhetsbyrået AP.

Det konservative National Party,som har styrt siden 2008, ble største parti etter valget nylig, men mangler rent flertall. Det høyrepopulistiske partiet New Zealand First kom på vippen, og valgte etter regjeringssamtaler med både regjeringspartiet og sosialdemokratene å støtte New Zealand Labour Party.

Kilde: www.nrk.no

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Photo of the Day: The Wellington Cable Car, New Zealand

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Photo of the Day: The Wellington Cable Car, New Zealand. Photo credit: www.wellingtonnz.com

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Lonely Planet highlights Wellington as best NZ destination for beer tourists

 

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Wellington is the best place in New Zealand for tourists to have a pint, according to a new Lonely Planet guide written specifically for beer-lovers, nzherald.co.nz reported.

A worldwide network of travel writers and beer journalists have contributed to the guide, covering the best bars and breweries in 30 countries.

Wellington, capital city of New Zealand, and Melbourne and Perth in Australia, are the pick of the Oceania region, the book says.

“It might be wet and windy for much of the year in Wellington but there are always sunny fruit flavours in a pint glass to banish the blues with New Zealand’s distinctively tropical take on pale ale and IPA,” it says.

“Wellington has an extremely strong array of breweries and craft beer bars, making it a compact and cool city to tour.”

Melbourne is Australia’s “ale capital” while Perth is home to some of Australia’s first craft brewers, according to the book.

Auckland, Blenheim, Dunedin and Hamilton are also highlighted as beer-related spots to visit in New Zealand.

The book guides tourists to the best breweries to visit in each city, as well as each brewery’s must-try beer. A few local sights are also included for tourists who manage to leave the pub.

Lonely Planet’s Global Beer Tour will be published in May.

News source: www.nzherald.co.nz

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Hungary opens embassy in New Zealand

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó (left) and New Zealand Attorney-General Chris Finlayson open the Hungarian Embassy in Wellington. Photo credit:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Hungaryʼs Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó officially has opened the Hungarian Embassy in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, on Friday, the Budapest Business Journal reported.

The embassy will help enhance Hungaryʼs presence in the Pacific region, promote trade relations and effectively enforce economic policy objectives, Foreign Minister Szijjártó said.

Hungary is the eighth European Union country to open an embassy in New Zealand, and the second Central European country after Poland.

Mr. Szijjártó noted the potential for cooperation with New Zealand in car and machinery manufacturing, water management and water technology, and thermal water-related infrastructure developments.

He added that Eximbank has opened a USD 720 million credit line to help Hungarian companies enter the New Zealand market.

Hungaryʼs exports to New Zealand increased by 12% last year compared to 2015, to exceed USD 50 million, Szijjártó said.

Mr.Szijjártó added that he also held talks with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully and Attorney-General Chris Finlayson. 

The Hungarian minister said he started talks on several bilateral agreements including one on avoiding double taxation. 

Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó also opened a Hungary-New Zealand business forum in Auckland.

News source: Budapest Business Journal – www.bbj.hu

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Vietnam opens honorary consulate in New Caledonia

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Photo taken at the inauguration ceremony of Vietnam’s honorary consulate in New Caledonia

Vietnam’s honorary consulate was inaugurated in New Caledonia’s capital Noumea on October 5 with Dinh Jean-Pierre as its Honorary Consul General, vietnamnet.vn reported.

At the inauguration ceremony, Vietnam’s Consul General in Sydney Mr Hoang Minh Son said the establishment aims to unite Vietnamese expatriates in New Caledonia.

He said he expects Dinh Jean-Pierre to contribute to boosting Vietnam-France ties and promote Vietnamese language and culture in New Caledonia.

French High Commissioner for New Caledonia Mr Thierry Lataste spoke highly of the Vietnamese community in his speech, describing them as hard-working and contributors to the local economy.

The first Vietnamese reached New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France, in 1891, gradually forming the close-knit community seen today.

Consul General Dinh Jean-Pierre is also head of the Vietnam friendship association on the island.

Other countries that have established honorary consulates in New Caledonia is Germany, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Japan.

News source: www.vietnamnet.vn

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Wellington and Canberra look to become sister cities

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Wellington

Wellington city is edging closer to gaining a new sister city. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has proposed Australia’s federal capital city, Canberra, to become New Zealand’s capital’s next sister city, the stuff.co.nz website can report. 

Canberra

The city council of Wellington will consider whether to formalise the relationship between the two cities in a full council meeting next week. 

Australian Capital Territory chief minister Andrew Barr is ready to sign the deal when he visits Wellington in early July.

Mayor Wade-Brown, who visited Canberra in April, said the new deal would bring the cities closer together, forging stronger economic, environmental, political, cultural and tourism ties.

“Together the capital cities will be stronger and have more impact on the global stage,” she said. 

“Wellington and Canberra have a lot in common and this relationship will help equip both cities for long-term success.”

Businesses that provided services to the government sector had an obvious opportunity to expand, and the recent agreement with Singapore Airlines to fly from Singapore to Wellington with a stop-over in Canberra, was an example of what had already been achieved. 

From September there will be four flights a week between Wellington and Canberra, connecting to Singapore.

Wellington’s twin cities are Sydney, capital of New South Wales, Australia; the Chinese capital Beijing, Xiamen in China, Harrogate in England, Hania in Crete, Greece; and Sakai in Japan.

Canberra’s two sister cities are Beijing, and Nara in Japan.

Read the full story here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/79723501/wellington-and-canberra-look-to-become-sister-cities.html

News source: www.stuff.co.nz

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Kraftig jordskjelv på Vanuatu, ett år etter at hovedstaden Port Vila ble ødelagt av syklonen “Pam”

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Stillehavsnasjonen Vanuatu ble torsdag rystet av et kraftig jordskjelv, målt til 7,3 på Richters skala meler det amerikanske jordskjelvsenteret USGS, ifølge NRK. 

Skadeomfanget er så langt ikke kjent, men det er nå sendt ut tsunamivarsel. Det er ikke meldt om omkomne eller skadde.

Jordskjelvet hadde sitt senter på land fem kilometer fra landsbyen Norsup på øya Malakula, melder BNO News og flere andre medier, skriver VG torsdag kveld.

– Farlige tsunamibølger fra dette jordskjelvet er mulig innenfor 300 kilometer fra episenteret langs kysten av Vanuatu, lyder det ivarselmeldingen.

Malakula er den nest største øya i Vanuatu, etter Espiritu Santo, og ligger rett nord for øya Efate, der hovedstaden Port Vila ligger.

Hovedstaden ble ødelagt av syklonen “Pam” i mars 2015, les mer om dette her: http://hovedsteder.blogg.no/1426292042_port_vila.html

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Øystaten Palau i Stillehavet kan gå tom for drikkevann

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Stillehavsnasjonen Palau, som har 21,000 innbyggere, frykter total uttørking i kjølvannet av værfenomenet El Niño, skriver NRK.no

– Hvis forholdene ikke endrer seg er det sannsynlig at det blir total vannmangel i løpet av de neste to til tre ukene, heter det i en rapport fra landets nasjonale kriseråd, melder nyhetsbyrået AFP.

Palau er en av flere øystater som har erklært unntakstilstand etter at El Niño førte til ekstrem tørke. Sist det regnet så lite som det har gjort på Palau over de siste fire månedene var for 65 år siden, skriver NRK.

Rasjonering av vann er satt i gang, og vann fra springen er bare tilgjengelig tre timer daglig i Koror, landets største by og tidligere hovedstad. Skoler har bare åpent halve dagen på grunn av mangel på drikkevann.

Nå har Palau bedt to av sine nærmeste allierte og handelspartnere Japan og Taiwan om krisehjelp. De vil blant annet ha direktleveranser med vann. Japans ambassade i Palau sier de jobber med å finne ut av hvordan de kan hjelpe til.

– Vi har unntakstilstand. Det haster å løse denne krisen, sier en talsperson Palaus regjering til AFP.

El Niño oppstår når av deler av Stillehavet blir unormalt varmt, og kan føre til ekstremvær. El Niño som startet i oktober i fjor blir omtalt som en av de sterkeste i historien. Værmønsteret den førte med seg kommer trolig ikke til å avta før etter sommeren, ifølge det amerikanske forskningsbyrået National Oceanic and Atmostpheric Administration (NOAA), skriver nrk.no

Helicopter trip over Palau

Ngerulmud. Foto: ©Szakacs – www.VisitCapitalCities.com

Hovedstaden Ngerulmud, i delstaten Melekeok og ligger på landets største øy Babeldaob, er med sine 400 innbyggere en av verdens minste hovedsteder. Byen ble hovedstad i 2006, og ligger 20 kilometer nordøst for den tidligere hovedstaden Koror, som har vel 11000 innbyggere.

Capitol-bygningene i Ngerulmud, med kongressen og regjeringskontorer. 

Palau ligger nord for Australia og Papua Ny-Guinea, og vest for Filippinene. Landet består av 250 øyer, og er inndelt i 16 delstater, den minste av delstatene, Sonsorol, har bare 40 innbyggere. 

Les hele saken på NRK.no her: http://www.nrk.no/urix/oystat-kan-ga-tom-for-vann-1.12883693

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Cuba Opens Embassy In Papua New Guinea

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National flag of Cuba.

One more country has opened a diplomatic mission in Papua New Guinea’s capital city Port Moresby, as Cuba recently opened an embassy in the Pacific country.

Papua New Guinea this week officially welcomed Cuba’s new ambassador Mr Jose Manuel Galego Montano.

Acting Governor General of Papua New Guinea Mr Thoedore Zurenuoc said his country is fully aware of Cuba’s continued efforts in providing medical aid to the Pacific and the government is keen to cooperate with Cuba in areas such as education, health, sports, technology, climate change and many more.

Ambassador Galego in his speech said Cuba was ready to work harder and contribute more towards our relationship so that both our countries can continue to prosper.

Read more here: http://news.pngfacts.com/2016/04/cuban-embassy-opens-in-papua-new-guinea.html

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES COULD SOON LAND IN WELLINGTON, VIA CANBERRA

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One of the world’s most prestigious airlines could soon be landing in Wellington, with Singapore Airlines expected to launch a new jumbo service between the trans-Tasman capital cities.

After months of negotiations, the airline is expected to announce a new Airbus A330 service between Canberra and Wellington on January 20, tied to a new Canberra-Singapore service.

Wellington Airport, the Wellington City Council and Singapore Airlines all declined to confirm the new route on Tuesday, after news broke across the Tasman.

See more at http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/75811602/singapore-airlines-could-soon-land-in-wellington-via-australias-Capital

Source: www.stuff.co.nz

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