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1 Netherlands elected to UN Human Rights Council

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was today elected to the Human Rights Council for the 2015-2017 period by the UN General Assembly. Foreign minister Bert Koenders welcomes the Netherlands’ membership of the council. ‘What happened today underlines the importance the Netherlands places on human rights worldwide,’ said the minister.

2 Announcement by the King’s Office

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Frans Timmermans, has requested His Majesty the King to discharge him from his duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs as of today, 17 October 2014.

3 Bert Koenders appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs

King Willem-Alexander has appointed Bert Koenders as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Koenders was sworn in by the King at Noordeinde Palace on Friday 17 October 2014.

4 Prime minister to meet with likely new Minister of Foreign Affairs

As is customary when there is a vacancy in the cabinet, Prime Minister Mark Rutte will meet with the candidate for the post, in this case the prospective Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders. The meeting will be on Friday 17 October.

5 Dutch Dayz: Dutch Film Nights 2014

The Netherlands Embassy will present three different Dutch movies by the renowned Dutch director Alex van Warmerdam in Wellington on the 16th, 23rd and 30th of October 2014. The entrance is free but reservations are required!

6 Public to vote for the 2014 Human Rights Tulip

Public voting for the 2014 Human Rights Tulip has begun. Voting ends on Friday 10 October. Anyone wishing to vote can go to www.humanrightstulip.nl and choose which of the 30 nominees they believe deserves the prize the most. The Human Rights Tulip, an award for human rights defenders working in innovative ways, was instituted as a means of encouraging activists to share their knowledge and experience.

7 Keeping Dutch Nationality

Dutch nationals who do not have any other nationality will keep their Dutch nationality, even if their passport expires. However, are you a Dutch national with dual nationality? Then you will need to apply for new proof of nationality within 10 years from the date of issue of your Dutch passport in order to keep your Dutch nationality.

8 New ambassador Rob Zaagman presented his credentials

The new ambassador Rob Zaagman presented his credentials to the Governor-General of New Zealand and is now officially the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to New Zealand.

9 Dutch heritage in New Zealand

The Netherlands Embassy in New Zealand has launched an interactive website on Dutch heritage in New Zealand.

10 Dutch Dayz 2014

Dutch Dayz 2014 The Dutch Dayz 2014 have started! The Dutch Dayz are a unique series of events which showcase the modern Netherlands in the field of photography, film, technology, design and more. The complete programme for September and October is shown below: