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After Ireland’s first ambassador to NZ, NZ now has new ambassador to Sweden

Foreign minister Winston Peters has appointed diplomat Andrew Jenks as New Zealand ambassador to Sweden.


Jenks is currently ambassador to Spain – and previously worked in the Europe Division and the Trade Negotiations Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

He has also lived in Stockholm, Sweden.

“New Zealand is establishing the New Zealand Embassy in Stockholm in order to strengthen our relationship with Sweden and neighbouring Nordic countries, which are some of our closest friends in Europe,” said Peters.

“As states that are strongly supportive of democratic values, free and fair trade, the rule of law and peaceful settlement of disputes, we are natural partners on the world stage.

“A stronger relationship with Sweden and other Nordic countries will allow New Zealand to advance our interests in the European Union.”

Late last month, Ireland’s first ambassador to New Zealand was appointed.

The experienced Peter Ryan donned a korowai supplied by an elder of the Ngati Kahungunu of Hawkes Bay – and delivered his opening remarks in Irish and te reo Maori.

“I am conscious that we are indeed fortunate to enjoy special ties of kinship and history with New Zealand and with the many New Zealanders of Irish heritage,” said Ryan.

“I am deeply honoured to have been given the privilege of representing Ireland as the first resident ambassador to New Zealand.

“I am particularly mindful today of the rich contribution of generations of Irish women and men to the development of New Zealand, and their love of both countries.”



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