Philippines and New Zealand renew cooperation on geothermal development

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines David Strachan signed the amendment Tuesday in the presence of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

New Zealand and the Philippines have renewed their cooperation on geothermal energy development in the Philippines in a ceremony this week.

That seemed to jog some association with the difficulties airlines had globally "and the Sunni and Shi'ites creating problems".

Ardern did not speak to reporters afterwards but a spokesman said the pair spoke about the upgrade of the China-New Zealand free trade agreement which is underway.

Mr Duterte told of a visit to Auckland past year, where "My companion brought some fish in the wharf".

He then lapsed into a story about his companion not being allowed to take live fish somewhere - it wasn't clear where.

Nonstop flights from Manila to Auckland will begin on December 6, the Filipino flag carrier said in August. "No doubt about it".

"New Zealand is a country small but of course really governed well and protected well ahead of the time [sic], and that is good".

"The only thing that is lacking is you do not have atom bombs".

Ardern and Duterte sat down to sign an MOU on education co-operation before realising they were meant to be witnessing it, not signing it.

After Ardern replied in the negative, Duterte said, "Yeah I suspect you have none, I didn't see your police wearing guns", and Ardern told him Kiwi police were not routinely armed.

Ardern and Peters have said the issue of the imminent ban on offshore foreign speculators buying houses and farms in New Zealand had not been raised with them by any countries.

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