Wednesday, May 22, 2024

New ambassador to South Korea

Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, has announced the appointment of Dawn Bennett as New Zealand’s next ambassador to Seoul, South Korea.

“Aotearoa New Zealand and the Republic of Korea share a close, wide-ranging relationship that dates back to our shared sacrifice during the Korean War,” Ms Mahuta said. 

“As we celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between our countries, our connection is strengthened through our significant trade interests, people-to-people links, and collaboration in the science and technology sector.

“There is significant potential for us to cooperate on climate and clean energy, as we share the objective of net zero carbon economies by 2050.

Ms Bennett has most recently served as the divisional manager of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia division.

She has also been a senior trade adviser for the Minister of Trade, an economic counsellor at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing and previously served as a diplomat and International Relations Consultant in Paris.

Ms Bennett takes up her position in November.

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