New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy


New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced that up to 100 young New Zealanders will be able to spend a year in Croatia following the signing of a reciprocal working holiday scheme.


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In recognition of the unprecedented scale of flooding in the Central Balkans region in May 2014 and the enormous burden of reconstruction, recovery and clean-up faced by the respective governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Murray McCully informed ministerial interlocutors during his July travels to the region of the New Zealand Government’s decision to make modest contributions to the international flood relief effort.


On Friday 25 July 2014, Rome based New Zealand Ambassador, Dr. Trevor Matheson presented Letters of Credentials to H.E. Gjorge Ivanov, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (hereinafter referred to as Macedonia).


H.E. Dr Trevor Matheson became New Zealand’s first ambassador to the Republic of Albania, with residence in Rome, when he presented Letters of Credence to President Bujar Nishani in Tirana on 22 July 2014. 


Following participation in this year’s Croatia Forum in Dubrovnik on 10-12 July, the Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Hon. Murray McCully made a bilateral visit to Montenegro on 12-13 July.  The visit was the first by a New Zealand Minister to the Balkan republic where he was hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, Mr. Igor Lukšić.


The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme aims to discover, celebrate and support young people from every corner of the Commonwealth to transform their own lives and the futures of others around them.


New Zealand is expanding its representation in the Balkan Region through new accreditations to Albania, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (hereinafter referred to as Macedonia) from its Embassy in Rome.


On 23 June, Minister McCully met with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić in Belgrade. It was the first official visit by a New Zealand minister to Serbia since the normalisation of diplomatic ties between the two countries in the 1990s.


In May this year the New Zealand Embassy will  be commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the battles of Monte Cassino, and more generally, New Zealand's involvement in the Italian Campaign of the Second World War.

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