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NZ gov't names High Commissioner to London
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16:24, November 21, 2007

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New Zealand's next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom will be career diplomat Derek Leask, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Wednesday.

Leask is currently Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington, responsible for trade and economic matters.

While in London he will also serve as Ambassador to Ireland, and High Commissioner to Nigeria.

"The relationship between New Zealand and Britain is built on shared history, common traditions and values, extensive family ties, and a constant flow of people, both young and old, between our two countries," said Peters.

"Britain and New Zealand will continue to have common interests in dealing with global developments and trends in trade and investment, in climate change and sustainability, and in matters of terrorism and security. In all these areas the role of the High Commission in London will continue to be pivotal," said Peters.

Leask was previously Ambassador to the EU in Brussels, and has been posted to Ottawa, London and Suva.

He will take up his appointment next April, replacing Jonathan Hunt, who will complete his three-year term in March.


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