Tim Groser opens ASEAN diplomatic mission
Trade Minister Tim Groser has officially opened New Zealand's diplomatic mission to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
He says it's a significant demonstration of New Zealand's commitment to the region.
"ASEAN is now home to around 625 million people and has a combined GDP of US$2.4 trillion (NZ$3.5 trillion)," he said.
"It's now the seventh largest economy in the world and New Zealand's fourth largest trading partner."
This year marks the 40th anniversary of New Zealand's formal relationship with ASEAN.