Mahuta is off (at long last) to visit six countries and host a festival of indigenous and tribal ideas at Expo in Dubai

Excitement is mounting in the Beehive.  Nanaia Mahuta is contemplating her first overseas visit as our Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Not, we might think, to Australia or the Pacific Islands (although she will drop in on the Aussies on the outward journey).

No, this is further afield, to host Te Aratini at Expo 2020 and visit six countries as well as meet with seven foreign ministers and a range of international representatives.

She announced yesterday she will leave New Zealand tomorrow

“… on an international programme to advance Aotearoa New Zealand’s interests on a range of issues, including our COVID-19 response and recovery and engagement in the Indo-Pacific.”

She acknowledged this is the first international visit of a New Zealand Foreign Minister since COVID-19 broke out across the globe. Continue reading “Mahuta is off (at long last) to visit six countries and host a festival of indigenous and tribal ideas at Expo in Dubai”

At last, our foreign affairs minister will venture overseas – she’s got a ticket to Dubai to promote indigenous and tribal economies

Excitement is mounting in the Beehive.  Foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta is contemplating her first overseas visit.

Not, we might think, to Australia or the Pacific Islands.  No, this is further afield, to Dubai, no less, for Expo 2020 in November.

Not much chance to hold bilateral chats with other foreign ministers there but a chance to display substantial Maori content at the New Zealand Pavilion.  

The minister is quoted in an enthusiastic release from trade officials: Continue reading “At last, our foreign affairs minister will venture overseas – she’s got a ticket to Dubai to promote indigenous and tribal economies”