HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received at his office in Riyadh HE Mr. Rod Harris, New Zealand Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and an accompanying delegation that included Mr. Chris Seed, New Zealand’s Deputy Secretary for Middle East, Africa, Australia, Pacific and Europe Groups, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Mr. Paul Foster-Bell, Chargé D’Affaires, New Zealand Embassy, Riyadh.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Nahla Nasser Alanbar, Private Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman and Mr. Fahad Bin Saad Bin Nafel, Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman.
The meeting began with the Ambassador thanking Prince Alwaleed for giving him and the delegation the opportunity to meet with him. During the meeting, the two discussed various issues on the investment and economic fronts. Moreover, Mr. Harris invited Prince Alwaleed to visit New Zealand and also to explore investment opportunities in the country in light of the Prince’s global investments. In response, Prince Alwaleed thanked the Ambassador for the invitation and promised to visit New Zealand in the near future.
In March 2013, Prince Alwaleed received at his office The Honourable Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand and an accompanying delegation.
In 2011, Prince Alwaleed received New Zealand Governor-General, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and an accompanying delegation.
In the same year, HRH received the Hon Gerry Brownlee, Leader of the New Zealand House of Representatives and Minister of Economic Development, and Energy Resources. During their meeting, HRH and Mr. Brownlee discussed a number of issues including investments as well as ways to further strengthen economic relations between their respective countries.
In 2010, Prince Alwaleed received Hon Tim Groser, New Zealand Minister of Trade with an accompanying delegation at his office in Riyadh.
The Prince’s investment in New Zealand through KHC is in the financial sector through Citigroup.
In 2011, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation – Global (Registered in Lebanon), that is chaired by Prince Alwaleed has made a donation of $100,000 for much needed relief aid for the Christchurch earthquake victims in 2011. The allocation and distribution of the donation to those in need was in coordination with the New Zealand Red Cross that had launched the “New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal”. The New Zealand Red Cross is part of The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Movement is neutral and impartial, and provides protection and assistance to people affected by disasters and conflicts. The Foundation’s donation helped alleviate the suffering of hundreds of victims affected by this disaster (135 families). The donation also helped people living in their homes without power, water or sewerage, and people forced to leave their home because of damage.