Foreign and Commonwealth Office
UK and New Zealand agree new partnership in the Pacific
British diplomats will co-locate with their New Zealand counterparts when the new UK High Commissions in Tonga and Vanuatu open later this year.
The announcement was made during New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s visit to the UK.
The new UK High Commissions will be opened in the summer of 2019 as part of the biggest expansion of Britain’s diplomatic network for a generation. Announced by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in October 2018, the expansion of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office network will see 12 new Posts opened before the end of 2019 and nearly 1,000 more personnel recruited.
The announcement, which is part of a number of new collaborations agreed by the two leaders, will see diplomats from both countries co-locate and enable them to work in partnership across the Pacific region in tackling some of the most pressing global issues including climate change and disaster resilience.
The plans will also include a separate High Commissioner’s Residence as a more visible UK presence and utilise New Zealand’s current infrastructure to make the UK’s work in the region more cost-effective and collegiate.
Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary yesterday said:
The UK is at a pivotal moment in its history as we reinvigorate and expand our diplomacy to respond to modern day challenges.
Our shared history and values mean co-locating with our New Zealand friends in the Pacific is a natural choice, so we can share in each other’s expertise and work together to tackle vital challenges such as climate change.
Each new High Commission is expected to have around five or six staff who will focus on strengthening our engagement with the Pacific. We also expect to select talented young local people for UK scholarships as part of our international Chevening programme.
During Prime Minister Ardern’s visit, the leaders also agreed to prioritise a UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement (FTA), as well as signing a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) to enable the continuity of goods standards. In addition there were announcements on childhood development in developing countries, and continued co-operation on tackling climate change.
- Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook
- Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook
- Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
Newsdesk 020 7008 3100
Latest News from
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Yemen Quad meeting in Warsaw - joint declaration14/02/2019 13:20:00
Statement given yesterday on behalf of Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and US.
Jeremy Hunt to chair Yemen Quad meeting on next steps in peace process13/02/2019 15:25:00
The Foreign Secretary, with US Secretary of State Pompeo, will co-host a Quad meeting to discuss the Yemen crisis, in Warsaw later today.
Repeated violations of Ukraine's territorial integrity by Russia13/02/2019 12:25:00
Statement given yesterday by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on Ukraine.
UK aid helps stop 750 pieces of illegal ivory being smuggled from South Sudan into Uganda13/02/2019 08:14:00
Scanners funded by UK aid have helped the Ugandan Revenue Authority make one of the largest seizures of wildlife contraband the country has ever seen.
Addressing Acts of Terrorism12/02/2019 14:25:00
Statement given yesterday by Ambassador Jonathan Allen at the Security Council Briefing on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts.
Reaching a proportionate way forward on UN Security Council action on Kosovo08/02/2019 15:10:00
Ambassador Karen Pierce yesterday gave a statement at the United Nations Security Council Briefing on Kosovo.
Minister for the Americas statement to Parliament on Venezuela08/02/2019 12:25:00
Minister of State for the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan yesterday gave an update to MPs in the House of Commons about the situation in Venezuela and the UK's position.
Minister Harriett Baldwin visits Ukraine08/02/2019 11:22:00
Joint Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development Harriett Baldwin will visit Ukraine