Parliament

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

 

New High Commissioner to South Africa


Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Media Statement

5 November 2002

New High Commissioner to South Africa

New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to South Africa will be career diplomat Warren Searell, Foreign Minister Phil Goff announced today.

“New Zealand and South Africa enjoy an excellent political relationship. We work closely together in a wide range of international organisations. Our ties now range from trade and tourism, agriculture, disarmament through to traditional sporting links.

“The position Mr Searell will take up in Pretoria is of increasing importance to New Zealand. This reflects the fact that South Africa is now a prominent and influential member of many international organisations such as the Commonwealth, the G-77 and the Non-Aligned Movement.

“Within Africa, South Africa continues to play a leading role. President Mbeki had been elected the first President of the newly formed African Union. He was a chief architect in creating NEPAD, the New Partnership for African Development. Both organisations offer Africa a positive vision for the region’s future.

“South Africa had become New Zealand’s largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1990 bilateral trade had increased nine-fold to a combined total of $NZ264 million. There are now some 40,000 South Africans resident in New Zealand, some of whom are actively looking to generate business activities with their former home. There is potential for South Africa to become a significant trading partner,” Mr Goff said.

Mr Searell’s previous postings were Suva, Manila and Niue. He will take up his posting in March, and will be accredited to ten other African countries. He replaces Rene Wilson, who is returning to Wellington.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election