New Zealand Embassy Mexico City

Mexico City celebrates Waitangi Day

Students from Te Kura o te Koutu secondary school

The Embassy in Mexico City celebrated Waitangi Day with a lunchtime reception on Thursday 6th February.

They hosted approximately 200 people from the Mexican Government, the business community, diplomats and New Zealand expatriates at the Official Residence. Guests enjoyed a selection of canapés featuring New Zealand ingredients and a showcase of New Zealand wine.

Ambassador Clare Kelly welcomed guests with an address in which she noted the growing bilateral and commercial links between New Zealand and Mexico, and the importance of the imminent Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Ambassador Kelly also highlighted the many cultural connections between the two countries, from museum exhibitions in both Mexico and New Zealand to a “certain series of football matches”.

The highlight of the event was a kapa haka presentation by 25 high school students from Te Kura o te Koutu, a Māori language immersion school from Rotorua travelling in Mexico. Many guests had not seen kapa haka before and it was warmly received, with especially loud cheers following the presentation by two students of the Pokarekare Ana love story!

For more photos of the event, please visit the image gallery here.

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