German Federal President Steinmeier visited New Zealand

 Enlarge image (© Bundesregierung/Steffen Kugler) At the invitation of the New Zealand Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, the German Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier paid a state visit to New Zealand from 5 to 7 November 2017. He was accompanied by his wife, Elke Büdenbender, and a delegation of members of the German Government and Parliament. Several guests with a special interest in New Zealand-German relations were also attending the visit. 

A wreath-laying ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington with the presentation of a memorial tapestry gifted by the German Government was followed by an official welcome at Government House. This encompassed full military honours and the two national anthems, a traditional Māori welcome and a haka performed by a group of young students.

Talks with the Governor-General and new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern formed the core of the political dialogue. Later, the 40th anniversary of the highly successful bilateral technical/scientific co-operation was celebrated at the Te Wharewaka Function Centre. A visit to Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and a meeting with young people from both countries reflected on New Zealand’s art heritage and cultural history. In the evening, a state banquet given by Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne rounded off the day and formed a diplomatic highlight.

On Tuesday, a discussion on the topic of "The changing face of New Zealand: Migration, Refugees and Integration" provided a platform for an exchange of ideas between experts, NGO representatives, and members of minorities. The President and the delegation then travelled to Auckland where the programme ended with a business roundtable at the New Zealand-German Chamber of Commerce.

The visit was roundly judged a great success which would enhance the already friendly and close relations between the two countries.

Federal President Steinmeier's address at the state banquet

Picture Gallery Federal President Steinmeier in New Zealand