Ireland’s first Ambassador to New Zealand, Peter Ryan, has been appointed this week at a ceremony at the Government House in Wellington.
The ceremony included a guard of honour and pōwhiri, and the Ambassador’s opening remarks were delivered in Irish and te reo Māori.
“I am deeply honoured to have been given the privilege of representing Ireland as the first resident Ambassador to New Zealand. In taking up the role, I am conscious that we are indeed fortunate to enjoy special ties of kinship and history with New Zealand and with the many New Zealanders of Irish heritage,” Ambassador Ryan said in his speech.
“I am particularly mindful today of the rich contribution of generations of Irish women and men to the development of New Zealand, and their love of both countries.”
The opening of the new Embassy in Wellington was first announced by Irish President Michael D. Higgins during his visit to New Zealand in late 2017.
There are approximately 15,000 Irish-born citizens in New Zealand and hundreds of thousands of people of Irish heritage.
The new Irish embassy will be in Wellington, the nation’s capital. Also, an honorary consulate will continue to function in Auckland.
Ryan went on to say, “Our countries are to be found in the frontline of global efforts on disarmament, peacekeeping and assistance to our partner developing countries. We also share similarities in terms of our economic development, as island states with open, export-driven low regulation economies.”
Ireland has long had diplomatic relations with New Zealand but these were handled out of the Irish Embassy in the Australian capital Canberra.
We look forward to this new relationship and what he has in store for both Irish and people from New Zealand!
If New Zealand is calling your name we’ve got a great Teaching in New Zealand programme available, and we’ve also got loads of talks on about it too so make sure you don’t miss them! We also do a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa!