KIWI PERSPECTIVE
Ka kite anõ
by Reuben Levermore - August 7, 2014 - 12:00am
When I arrived in Manila at the start of 2012, HSBC Bank had just published a report forecasting that the Philippines would be the world’s 16th largest economy by 2050.
Encouraging entrepreneurship
by Reuben Levermore - July 10, 2014 - 12:00am
Building a business is no mean feat. I am very fortunate that my role allows me to meet and be inspired by successful businesspeople here in the Philippines as well as back home in New Zealand.
A prosperous Asia-Pacific
by Tim Groser - June 5, 2014 - 12:00am
This is an ideal time to bring a New Zealand trade delegation to Manila.
Thirst for milk
by Reuben Levermore - May 8, 2014 - 12:00am
Today I will join dairy farmers from all around the Philippines at the national Dairy Congress in General Santos City. This will be my third annual Congress, a chance to connect with the local dairy industry and...
Rural growth
by Reuben Levermore - April 10, 2014 - 12:00am
A visit earlier this week to Aurora province was another reminder to me of the agricultural potential of this country. While the sun was beating down in Metro Manila, lush Aurora was enjoying steady rainfall.
Electricity from the Earth
by Reuben Levermore - March 27, 2014 - 12:00am
Recent visits to Manila by New Zealand Minister of Civil Defence Nikki Kaye, and former Mayor of Christchurch Sir Bob Parker, were opportunities to share with the Philippines our respective experiences in preparing...
Farming for peace
by Reuben Levermore - February 13, 2014 - 12:00am
Last Thursday marked New Zealand’s national day, Waitangi Day. Our nation’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed on 6 February 1840 and embodies the partnership between the Maori people...
New Zealand’s changing face
by Reuben Levermore - January 16, 2014 - 12:00am
The face of New Zealand is changing. Data recently released from last year’s national census show that the population of New Zealand is both aging and becoming more ethnically diverse.
Hobbit tourism
by Reuben Levermore - December 12, 2013 - 12:00am
The hobbits have taken over New Zealand again this week.
Returning to Leyte
by Reuben Levermore - November 14, 2013 - 12:00am
Last weekend, I stared in stunned silence at the first accounts of humanitarian workers as they reported from Tacloban City following the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda.
The right to know
by Reuben Levermore - October 17, 2013 - 12:00am
I have followed with interest in recent months the discourse on the Freedom of Information Bill that is currently being considered by the Philippine Congress.
A little can go a long way
by Reuben Levermore - September 12, 2013 - 12:00am
Anyone who attended this year’s Ramon Magsaysay awards ceremony on Saturday 31 August could not fail to have been inspired by the remarkable stories of the five award winners. I was no less inspired by the...
NZ’s ASEAN strategy
by Reuben Levermore - August 8, 2013 - 12:00am
New Zealand’s relationships with the founding nations of ASEAN, including the Philippines, stretch back decades. But the nature of those relationships has changed dramatically over time.
The better build
by Reuben Levermore - July 11, 2013 - 12:00am
During my 18 months in the Philippines, among my most humbling experiences have been visits to areas struck by typhoons. Whether talking to locals displaced by flash flooding in Cagayan de Oro, or those that were...
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