Ambassadors appointed to Belgium and Sweden
Hon Murray McCully
2012 Media Statement
Ambassadors appointed to Belgium and
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully
today announced changes to New Zealand’s representation in
Europe following the closure of the embassy in
Paula Wilson, recently appointed Deputy Head of
Mission at the New Zealand Mission in Brussels, will become
Ambassador to Belgium.
Brussels Head of Mission and
Ambassador to the EU, Vangelis Vitalis, will also take
responsibility as the accredited Ambassador to Sweden.
Ms Wilson has served in Berlin and Canberra and in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Europe and Trade
Mr Vitalis has extensive trade
negotiations experience, including with ASEAN and the
Russia/Belarus/Kazakhstan Customs Union.
Mr McCully says
he is confident two new diplomatic arrangements in Europe
will serve New Zealand’s interests
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
If I didn’t know any better, it would seem the world has conspired for me to be a Green Party voter. Parents, Green voters? Check. Participation in bilingual education that stressed the importance of inquiry, solidarity and the Treaty? Check. Some sort of vegetarian leanings (seven years and counting, jus’ sayin’)? Check. However, above all of that, I’m voting Green because I believe in supporting the importance of every New Zealander’s contribution to Aotearoa, from the hairdresser in Foxton to the fisherman in Bluff. You could say that I like the cut of the Greens’ jib. More>>