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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Ireland to establish embassy in New Zealand

President Higgins as he arrives in Wellington New Zealand being met by from left Lt Col Trent Corbett Honorary Aide de Camp representing Her Excellency The Governor General , Mr Rob Taylor Divisional Manager , Europe Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Mr Geoffrey Keating Charge d'Affaires .
President Higgins as he arrives in Wellington New Zealand being met by from left Lt Col Trent Corbett Honorary Aide de Camp representing Her Excellency The Governor General , Mr Rob Taylor Divisional Manager , Europe Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Mr Geoffrey Keating Charge d'Affaires .
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

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.

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