New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation

Recital celebrating 65 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Russian Federation held in New Zealand

A recital of Russian songs and a ministerial reception was held in honour of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Russian Federation on 4 November in Wellington.  The recital was attended by a broad range of New Zealand officialdom, members of the New Zealand diplomatic community, and Wellington's local Russian community.

The recital, held at Sacred Heart Cathedral, was performed by New Zealander, Joanna Heslop, a former soloist at the Mariinsky Theatre's Academy of Young Singers, St Petersburg.  Renowned pianist Richard Mapp accompanied Heslop.

New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Murray McCully hosted a reception at Parliament following the recital, at which he emphasised the shared desire between New Zealand and Russia for strengthened bilateral relations, including closer economic links and agriculture cooperation.

Russian Ambassador to New Zealand, HE Andrey Tatarinov was also present and spoke warmly of the relationship between the two countries.

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