Wolfgang Drewes, local representative of the THW (Technical Aid Foundation) from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, has been actively supporting and participating in the rescue services in Samoa for several yers.
Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy was among the many people who attended a commemoration ceremony in Otaki on 10 March 2017.
German Ambassador Mr Gerhard Thiedemann visited the Fiji Islands from 5 to 8 March 2017 on the occasion of presenting his Letter of Credence by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck to President of the Republic of Fiji, HE Jioji Konusi Konrote.
Ambassador visits Fiji
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2017
The Deutsche Welle is staging the 10th Global Media Forum in Bonn from 19 to 21 June 2017.
The conference, which is supported by the German Foreign Office, will have "Identity and Diversity" as its theme. Media representatives from around the globe - among them many from Deutsche Welle's partners - will have a chance to discuss topics such as the blurring boundaries between our professional, national, family and private identities, increasing isolation and fear of the unknown and the role of the media and politicians in promoting diversity.
The forum is conducted in English and participants from over 130 countries are expected to attend.
More about the conference
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2017 [pdf, 132.33k]
German Government funds new Fire Service Equipment for Rarotonga
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The German Embassy has contributed approx. $14,500 towards new equipment for the Teimurimotia Volunter Fire Rescue brigade in Rarotonga. The project was completed in November 2016 and coincided with a visit to the Cook Islands by German Ambassador in Wellington Gerhard Thiedemann. The donated equipment included fire general fire fighting equipment, new hose reels, couplings/cartridges and fire hoses. The funds originated from the German government's Small Scale Projects Programme.
"Farming for Biodiversity" Competition
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Solution Search: Farming for Biodiversity is looking to identify and reward the most promising approaches to conserving biodiversity on agricultural lands. You could win up to $30,000 with additional side prizes for community/social impact, food security/nutrition impact, biodiversity impact and water impact. All finalists will attend a capacity-building workshop and awards ceremony in New York, NY, USA, with some of the biggest names in conservation and development.
Beyond that, we will offer in-country campaigning and technical trainings to help replicable solutions reach scale. Your idea could reach thousands of communities worldwide and help inform UN policy processes!
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The New Zealand Minister for Science and Innovation, Hon Paul Goldsmith, visited the research vessel SONNE on 23 January 2017 in Auckland. Accompanied by the ship's master, Lutz Mallon, and by Dr Thom...
Science Minister Goldsmith visits RV SONNE
Scholarship offered by German Ministry of Education and Research
for a call by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of bilateral scienctific and technological cooperation between Germany and New Zealand (only in German).
Symposium "The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its Legacy" symposium at Te Papa
Signing the treaty in 1919
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A symposium on the legacy of the First World War is being held at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa from 25 to 28 April 2017. A line up of international guest speakers, including experts from Germany, will talk on the key events influencing the war and the ways in which its legacy is still felt in many areas of life today.
Find more information on the symposium