New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy


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.


The New Zealand exhibition for commemoration and peace, Legato, forms part of the commemorations for the seventieth anniversary of the end of the battles for Cassino. Over 150 artworks and photographs by 37 New Zealanders will be on display in two venues in Cassino. The exhibition is also being supported by the Ngati Ranana culture group from London.


On 30 March 2014, the New Zealand Ambassador, Dr. Trevor Matheson, was invited by the Mayor of Colle San Magno, Dr. Antonio di Noto, in the Frosinone Province of Italy to participate in a special WWII service of commemoration followed by a concert featuring the Italian Army Brass Band.


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