Ireland to establish embassy in New Zealand
Ireland is to establish an embassy in New Zealand.
While there had been an Irish consulate in Auckland, the closest Irish embassy to New Zealand has been in Canberra, Australia.
President Michael D Higgins made the announcement as he met with Governor
General Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne on the first day of his and his wife Sabina Higgins' State visit to New Zealand.
One in five New Zealanders identify as having Irish heritage and the establishment of an Embassy hopes to strengthen links between the two countries.
New Zealand has also announced plans to open an Embassy in Ireland.