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.

Our logo

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

Lieut. -Colonel H. C. Barclay, M.D., of Timaru, writing to the Christchurch Sun, says: — Arriving in Petrograd, after a tedious 22 days journey from Japan, I was anxious to waste no time, but to get to the front. At that time no reverses had be fallen the English or French troops, and the idea of my commission leading to an appointment in England among the army that was to be recruited had not occurred to me, and so I promptly offered myself as an army surgeon to the Russians, and was accepted as an operating surgeon, though of the language I knew nothing. Still, if they were game to take me, I was game to go. During the ten days of waiting I had some interesting, if not exciting, personal expediences. I had the honor of being, presented to the Empress - that is, the Dowager Empress, the mother of the present Tsar. It was at one of the summer palaces on the island of the Neva, on the borders of Petrograd. After some formal introduction to a baroness and one of the Princesses, the Empress came in. She was attired in black with a plain white collar and a pearl necklace, her hair dressed in ordinary English fashion. There was no difficulty in seeing at once the likeness to Queen Alexandra, whose sister she is, but she was not as tall, nor as impressive in appearanpe as I understand the late Queen of England to be. She was exceedingly gracious in manner and in speech, and spoke English like an English lady would. Among other things, she expressed her pleasure at seeing an Englishman with her troops, and when she spoke of  the Anglo-Russian alliance, the emotion behind the words was plainly visible to me. A TALISMAN. When I said  that while with her countrymen I hoped to do my duty faithfully and well she slipped a little present into my hand, saying, -"Keep this for my sake, and may it protect you." Then her Majesty looked me very straight in the face and paused - her eyes were moist “Thank God for the English alliance," – she said and raising her hand to my lips I kissed it, bowed, and she passed out. It needed no keen observer to be aware of the feeling at the back of words in themselves so simple. Needless, to say, the little gift was of the nature of an amulet, a religious token to be worn round the neck. Of her interest in my reasons for being in Russia at the time, and of her questions about New Zealand and Australia I need not write. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XLI, Issue 13570, 23 December 1914, Page 2

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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