Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Ambassador for Santiago

New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Chile will be career diplomat Richard Mann, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today.

“New Zealand’s relationship with Chile is our longest-standing in Latin America, with diplomatic ties first established in 1972,” Mr Goff said.

“Chile is one of the most open economies in Latin America, and it has many similarities with New Zealand. Two-way trade is significant, and New Zealand companies maintain strong investment interests.

“New Zealand and Chile cooperate in a wide range of multilateral forums on issues such as the Law of the Sea, whaling, nuclear disarmament, Antarctica, and agricultural trade. We are members of APEC, the Cairns Group, the Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (PECC), the Pacific basin Economic Council (PBEC), the East Asia Latin America Forum (EALAF), and the Valdivia Group,” Mr Goff said.

“These links reinforce the importance of our diplomatic ties with Santiago. With the momentum gathered during the Prime Minister’s visit to Chile in March, relations between New Zealand and Chile look set to move to a new level.”

Mr Mann is an experienced diplomat who joined the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1981. He has previously been posted to Santiago, to Suva, and most recently to Bangkok, where he was Deputy Head of Mission. He is currently Deputy Director and Senior Negotiator in the Ministry’s Trade Negotiations Division.

Mr Mann will take up the position in October, replacing David McKee, who is returning to Wellington.


Contact: Paul Goldsmith 04 471 9794

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election