8 November 2017 at 9:00 am

Celebrating 60-year friendship with Malaysia

To celebrate 60 years of bilateral relations with Malaysia, the New Zealand High Commission partnered with NZ Inc agencies to deliver Discover Aotearoa New Zealand in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur
The official opening of DANZ was graced by Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade and Industry, Y.B Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, centre, and it began with a powhiri performed by a group from Te Puia, Rotorua.

The celebration, which involved ENZ, Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise as well as the High Commission, was held over five days at the Pavilion Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur.

The aim of the event was to bring New Zealand’s rich and varied culture, art, tourism, education, and food and beverage to Malaysia in a creative and engaging way.

ENZ had a prominent spot at the event, attracting a number of visitors. ENZ delivered four presentations and held three Skype sessions with Malaysian undergraduate students currently studying at University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington. A PhD researcher from the University of Canterbury also spoke online to prospective Malaysian students and parents in attendance.

Margaret Low, ENZ Education Advisor based in Kuala Lumpur, said it was fantastic to be part of DANZ to celebrate bilateral relations with Malaysia as well as promote New Zealand’s education offering to local students.

“The event provided us with an amazing platform to share the New Zealand education story to a huge audience,” said Margaret.

“Our current Malaysian students also provided outstanding testimonials about their experiences in New Zealand and spoke glowingly about their unique study experience.”


Visitors at the event enjoyed a virtual reality experience featuring beautiful New Zealand landscapes and the New Zealand education system as well as samples of top New Zealand food and beverage products.

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