Unique: Maori dancers performing a traditional number at the ‘Tuku Iho — Living Legacy of Maori’ exhibition. The event is part of 2014 NZ Week.
KUCHING: Sarawakians who graduated in New Zealand are urged to pool their resources in reviving the proposed Sarawak New Zealand Graduates Association.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said plans to revive the association had to be shelved a few years ago.
This was because many state leaders who graduated from New Zealand, including himself, were busy preparing for the state elections.
“Let’s see how best we can revive the association as it provides an important platform for us to promote goodwill with New Zealand,” he said at 2014 NZ Week dinner here on Friday.
Jabu said the state government naturally hoped to see continued and strengthened bilateral ties with New Zealand, seen as a partner in education development.
Many state leaders, civil servants and professionals had benefited from New Zealand’s Colombo Plan, he said.
He said there was room for other opportunities such as in business, social, cultural and tourism activities which both parties could further explore.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples said NZ Week was an important event to celebrate the cultural
similarities and differences found in both countries. He thanked Malaysia for coming to New Zealand’s aid when Christchurch was hit by a major earthquake a few years ago.
“Malaysia was among the first few nations to respond and offer help.”
The NZ Week is a collaboration between the New Zealand High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and local New Zealand committee members that highlights the special relationship between the Pacific nation and Sarawak.