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1 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.

2 Dutch heritage in New Zealand

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

3 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:

4 Foreign minister nominated for senior EU job

European Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker has announced his new team of Commissioners for the next five years. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans will be Mr Juncker’s First Vice President and right-hand man. If confirmed by the European Parliament, the minister will be entrusted with the portfolio on better regulation, inter-institutional relations, rule of law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said that he is ‘very happy’ with the important job Mr Timmermans has been offered.

5 Seize Your Moments

Janne Willems, the initiator of the Seize Your Moments project, has been traveling for 14 months now, collecting drawings of random people’s happy moments from the previous week. Her goal is to collect 1000 drawings per continent and right now she is travelling through New Zealand.

7 Book of Condolence Flight MH17

A Book of Condolence has been opened for the victims of flight MH17. For those who would want to register their condolences the Embassy in Wellington and Consulates in Auckland and Christchurch are open between 1000 and 1200 every day until Thursday 24 July. The online Book of condolence can be found on www.condoleance.nl

8 Air disaster flight MH17

The Netherlands is deeply shocked by the terrible air disaster involving flight MH17. We mourn all those who were on board, whatever their nationality. Our thoughts are with their loved ones, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Together with the authorities in New Zealand the Dutch government is doing all it can to gain clarity for the victims’ families as swiftly as possible. The Netherlands is pressing for an independent and transparent international investigation and calls on all those involved to provide full and immediate cooperation. A crisis team has been set up at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. You can contact the Ministry on +31 (0)70 348 7770.

9 Emergency number plane crash Ukraine +31 70 348 7770

The Netherlands government has opened an emergency number for those who are urgently seeking information on the plane crash in the Ukraine. The number is +31 70 348 7770. All are advised to call only this number.

10 New checklists passport applications

As of today, new checklist are available for passport applications for both adults and minors. Find out here about the application procedure for a Dutch passport