Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


British High Commissioner arrives

British High Commissioner arrives

12 August, 2014

The new British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Jonathan Sinclair, is looking forward to strengthening the significant relationship Britain already has with New Zealand.

“Our ties go back a long way and we have shared much together over those years – history, culture, a love of sport, a similar outlook on many global issues, and our shared values.

“We are in a rapidly changing world and there has been a significant shift in economic gravity, but our shared political, social and economic values continue to bind us together. These values, brought so clearly into focus last week at the commemorations to mark the start of WW1, are as relevant today as ever.”

Mr Sinclair takes up his position as British High Commissioner today. He will be sworn in as the Governor of the Pitcairn in Auckland on Friday.

Mr Sinclair said his predecessor Mrs Vicki Treadell had done a huge amount to refresh the relationship between Britain and New Zealand “and I promise to build further on her work.”

Britain had changed significantly over recent years. “It is cosmopolitan, innovative and forward looking. The IMF predicts it will be the fastest growing G7 economy this year. Inflation is down to 1.9% and employment is hitting new record highs.

“Britain is very definitely open- for-business”.

New Zealand had also undergone significant change in recent years. “This includes a change demographically and in its international trade links, with a clear shift towards Asia.

“Britain still remains a very attractive trading partner. We offer a significant ‘high value’ market for New Zealand products. We share a common language, laws and financial frameworks; and we can provide a ready spring-board for those wanting to move into a European market of 500 million consumers.

“These will be some of the issues I’ll be highlighting during my term in New Zealand.”

Mr Sinclair was until recently National Policy Adviser in UK Trade and Investment. Other roles have included Head of the Intelligence Policy Department at the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Head of the Political Team in Washington, Head of the European Communities Team in London, and First Secretary in New Delhi. He was also Private Secretary to the former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.

Mr Sinclair is married to Helen and they have three children. His twitter address is @JWRSinclair.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news