Sultan of Brunei to visit New Zealand
22 March 2013
Sultan of Brunei
to visit New Zealand
The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam,
His Majesty Hassanal Bolkiah, will make a State Visit to New
Zealand next week.
Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon
Sir Jerry Mateparae, said the visit underpinned the strong
links between Brunei and New Zealand.
Brunei will Chair the Association of South East Asian
Nations. ASEAN is taking an increasingly important role in
New Zealand’s future, in maintaining peace, stability and
security critical to future prosperity within the Asia
Pacific region. The Sultan’s visit builds on the
positive and friendly relationship between our two countries
and is underpinned by bilateral links in education, trade,
The State Visit will take place in
Wellington and begins on Monday 25 March and concludes on
Thursday 28 March. The Sultan will be accompanied by three
ministers and about 50 officials and support staff.
As part of his visit, the Sultan will receive a State
Welcome at Government House in Wellington at 2pm on 26
March, followed by a State Dinner that evening. The Sultan
will also lay a wreath at the National War Memorial in
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