Sarawak-New Zealand connections impress High Commissioner
The Borneo Post - Tuesday, 26 August 2003

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WELCOME TO SARAWAK... Masing (centre) hosting a lunch to welcome Randall (fifth left)

KUCHING: The New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia, His Excellency Geoff Randall is impressed to find the strength and quality of connections that existed between Sarawak and New Zealand.

Randal was in Kuching on August 21-22. While here, he visited the NZ Centre at Jalan Utama here and launched the Centre's website www. nzcentre. biz.

The Centre's website provides updated information on education and business on New Zealand and Sarawak.

It provides regular updates on matters related to New Zealand and the region.

One of the features of the website is that the updates is regularly done almost every few hours. 

The website also provides information on studying in New Zealand universities, institutions and school. 

NZ Centre is an official representative in Malaysia for all New Zealand universities.

The Centre also represents a number of reputable institutes of technology and quality high schools in New Zealand.

It is the only Centre around the region that focuses 100 percent on New Zealand.

The New Zealand Minister of Trade Negotiations, Jim Sutton, who commented that the Centre is a "Kiwi Home away from Home", opened the Centre in June.

NZ Centre provides free professional counselling to parents and students about studying in New Zealand, including choice of courses, submitting application, assistance with accommodation, student visa and airport pickups.

The Centre can be contacted at 337299 or 483999. Randal also found the high level of enthusiasm that Sarawakians had with New Zealand, including Sarawak New Zealand Graduates Association (SNZGA), the Malaysian New Zealand Business Council (MNZBC - Sarawak) and the NZ Centre.

He was pleased with the establishment and enthusiasm of NZ Centre and looks forwards to new ways of working together for the common good of Malaysia, particularly Sarawak and New Zealand. Randall was on an introductory visit to Sarawak.

During his visit, he called on the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak, Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin; Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud; Minister of Tourism, Dato Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and Minister of Social Development and Urbanisation, Dato Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

Masing later hosted a lunch to welcome the High Commissioner on behalf of the State government. The High Commissioner also met with the Sarawak New Zealand Graduates Associatton (SNZGA), headed by Zaidi K. Zainie and attended the New Zealand Food Fair organised by the Malaysia New Zealand Business Council (MNZBC) Sarawak Chapter, headed by Alex Ting.

Randall also met up with Tan Sri Hamid Bugo to discuss on the inaugural New Zealand Alumni Convention (NZAC) to be held on July 8-10 2004. The Chief Minister is the Patron of the Convention while Hamid is the organising chairman of NZAC.