The New Zealand delegation: Air Vice Marshall Tony Davies (centre), with Lieutenant Colonel Wendy Wright (far right), Assistant Defence Adviser Lieutenant Commander Mark Douglas and Amy Ching (far left), at the Sherpa Meeting held in the Ballroom of the Fullerton Hotel

Welcome to SINGAPORE
In January, we received our first visitors of the year. Defence officials from across the region and the globe, including from the New Zealand Defence Force, were in Singapore to attend the International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue Sherpa Meeting. The team from New Zealand also took the opportunity to have bilateral discussions with their counterparts in the Singapore Armed Forces, while the High Commissioner had a meeting with the Commander, Headquarters Integrated Area Defence System based at RMAF Butterworth in Malaysia. Here are some highlights from their trip:

Air Vice Marshall Tony Davies visiting the Information Fusion Centre and Regional Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre at Changi Navy Base
Air Vice Marshall Geoff Harland of the Royal Australian Air Force, Commander Headquarters Integrated Area Defence System, and Flight Sergeant Samantha Williams of the Royal Air Force, with High Commissioner Jo Tyndall and Defence Adviser Colonel Grant Motley

Kiri & Ollie come to town!
The High Commission has two new friends – Kiri the Kiwi and Ollie the Otter. And just as New Zealand and Singapore look to cooperate more closely in 2022, Kiri and Ollie will be getting up to new adventures, so keep a close look out for them on our socials!


Stay updated
We know that the ever-changing Covid restrictions, particularly around travel back to New Zealand can be difficult to keep up with. To stay reliably informed with the latest advice, we urge Kiwis in Singapore to register themselves with SafeTravel New Zealand ( to receive updates directly sent through to your phone or email address.

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