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Arts and Culture Minister in Vienna: New Zealand to reopen Embassy

New Zealand Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Christopher Finlayson (left) and Austrian Foreign Minister Dr Michael Spindelegger

New Zealand Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Christopher Finlayson and Austrian Foreign Minister Dr Michael Spindelegger met on Friday 5 November in Vienna.

High on the agenda was the announcement of the reopening of a New Zealand Embassy in Vienna in January 2011. The new Embassy will be co-located with the existing Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and will take over the accreditation to Austria currently held by the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin.

Foreign Minister Spindelegger welcomed the development as a reflection of the good health and growing breadth of the relationship between Austria and New Zealand. Vienna is gateway into Central and Eastern Europe, and the Embassy will help to consolidate New Zealand's diplomatic footprint in Europe .

While in Vienna Mr Finlayson also opened the new European headquarters of Tait Electronics, a leading New Zealand communications company, and attended a performance at the Musikverein by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, which is currently on a European tour.

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