25 April 2010
PM saddened by Air Force helicopter tragedy
Prime Minister John Key has expressed shock and sorrow at the deaths today of three Royal New Zealand Air Force personnel in an Iroquois helicopter crash near Wellington.
Mr Key is in Gallipoli for Anzac Day to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the landings by Australian and New Zealand forces there.
"I was informed early this morning of the crash," says Mr Key.
"I am shocked and saddened by this tragic event. My thoughts are with the families of the victims, the family of the injured man, and the entire New Zealand Defence Force.
"To have this happen when the helicopter was heading to Wellington for an Anzac Day flypast is an absolute tragedy.
"I am sure that all New Zealanders will join with me in offering the families of the victims, and the Defence Force, our deepest condolences."Tweet
22 April 2010
New Zealand to forge closer links with Turkey
Up to 100 young New Zealanders each year will be able to spend 12 months living and working in Turkey, following the signing of a reciprocal Working Holiday Scheme, Prime Minister John Key announced today.
Mr Key signed the agreement today (11.15pm NZT, 22 April) in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The two Prime Ministers also signed an Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement and issued a joint declaration. The declaration outlines how ties between New Zealand and Turkey can be broadened and strengthened.
"The annual ANZAC commemorations on Gallipoli Peninsula underpin a strong bond. We can use these historical ties to grow trade and investment between our two countries," says Mr Key.
"Turkey can become a key gateway to Europe, the Caucasus and the Middle East for New Zealand businesses. It also has a significant and rapidly expanding market of its own.
"New Zealand can play a similar role for Turkish businesses wishing to benefit from the fast-growing Asia Pacific market."
Tomorrow Mr Key heads to the Gallipoli peninsula where he will attend a number of commemoration services.Tweet
20 April 2010
John Key - Video Journal No.25
20 April 2010. John talks about new plans for Auckland's "Party Central" platform at the impending Rugby World Cup, his recent travel to the US and Canada - and his impending international travel plans. For artist impressions of the "party central" facility and more information, see http://bit.ly/buNpx0.Tweet