It was my pleasure to host a reception at Auckland Town Hall on Monday for over 60 diplomatic corps (ambassadors and heads of missions to Aotearoa New Zealand).
"They will be travelling New Zealand on a study tour around our region organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, supported by Auckland Council and Tātaki Auckland Unlimited." - Mayor Brown said.
The Diplomatic Study Tour’s (DST) aim is to highlight trade and investment opportunities, strengthen international linkages and showcase New Zealand innovation, cuisine, and culture.
Every year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) hosts Heads of Diplomatic Missions (HoM) accredited to New Zealand, both based in New Zealand and from offshore, in different regions around Aotearoa, New Zealand. The focus of this 2023 Auckland tour is Māori economy and culture, technology, sustainability, and showcasing Auckland’s creative story that truly embodies the New Zealand ethos.
This is a positive opportunity to showcase Auckland’s world-class hospitality. It is hoped that new connections will be formed, leading to business opportunities and economic growth. New Zealand businesses have been introduced to international contacts and have received expert advice on exports and investments between New Zealand and global economies.
I’d like to wish them a wonderful stay here in New Zealand.