Prior Group - Russia - New Zealand - Новая Зеландия - Россия

Welcome to Our company

Prior Group is a New Zealand company specialising in promoting business between New Zealand, Belarus, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Its focus is on business partnerships developed to the mutual benefit of New Zealand and Belarusian/Russian/CIS companies.

The Company was founded by Stuart Prior, New Zealand Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2003-2006, who has over thirty years of experience working with Russia and its predecessor the USSR. Prior Group has a base in Moscow, Russia and Wellington, New Zealand. In March 2012 Stuart Prior became the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Representative in New Zealand. In April 2012 Stuart Prior was appointed as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Belarus with consular jurisdiction throughout New Zealand.

Prior Group  offers  a broad  range  of  specialist  expertise, including business and transaction advisory, government relations, investor relations, public relations, research and language and culture services.

Prior Group has contacts with key advisers and companies in New Zealand and Russia, Belarus and other CIS countries who are totally reliable and confidential.  We can be trusted to give you the best possible advice on opportunities available and we can put you in contact with the specialists you will need to make sure of success in your New Zealand or Russia/CIS investment.

Our products & services

Prior Group offers its clients long-standing local market expertise combined with the highest practices and standards. Whether a client is a New Zealand company looking at expansion and new markets either a Russian or Belarusian or another CIS player seeking an international partner we can help build the relationships necessary for successful future business.

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The Koru is a very important symbol to the Maori in New Zealand. It is the name given to the newborn, unfurling fern frond and symbolizes new life, growth, strength, and peace. We chose the koru to represent our hope for revival and active development of Russia-New Zealand cultural and business relations.

 

Russia - New Zealand History

Russian knowledge of New Zealand and the Maori dates from the late seventeenth century. New Zealand was the first region of Polynesia of which the Russians had authoritative data, all collected from the Dutch. The Dutch material was complemented in the later eighteenth century by primary accounts of Captain James Cook's several visits to that country and his lengthy stays within Queen Charlotte Sound.
In 1808 and 1814, the first Russian encounters with the Maori took place at Cape Town and Sydney. Though the officers of the Diana and Suvorov found the Maoris from the Bay of Islands (Matara, Ruatara, Hongi Hika, and others) intellectually quick and very friendly, they could not think of them other than as recent and potential cannibals.
The reports of Cook and his associates, published in German, French, and Russian, reinforced this association. Nonetheless, a Russian expedition led by Captain F.F. Bellingshausen paid a visit to Queen Charlotte Sound in 1820, using Cook's charts and accounts. It proved to be most important from the standpoint of ethnology, and was useful for the visitors as well, who were amply supplied with food. Glynn Barratt, Russia and the South Pacific, 1696-1840, Volume 2, University of British Columbia Press, 1988

Stuart Prior, Honorary Consul for Belarus in New Zealand

Currency Rate

December 2016

1 NZD = 45.24 RUB

1 NZD = 14,160 BYR

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1 NZD = 240.720 KZT

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