PNG Governor-General meets new New Zealand Envoy

H.E. Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae, GCL, GCMG, Governor General of Papua New Guinea today met with the new High Commissioner of New Zealand to PNG H.E. Sue Mackwell.

High Commissioner Mackwell paid a courtesy call on the Governor General at Government House this morning her first since she was appointed High Commissioner in April this year.
High Commissioner Mackwell said, relations between PNG and New Zealand have blossomed over the years and assured of New Zealand’s continued assistance to PNG.

High Commissioner Mackwell informed the Governor General that the New Zealand government will be providing security training for Police personnel especially in the areas of close protection, communication and water policing among others in preparation for the APEC meeting next year.
High Commissioner Mackwell said, the New Zealand government will continue its rural electrification program in PNG and through its Trade Commission explore further opportunities to increase trade in PNG.

The Governor General thanked the New Zealand government for its continued support in promoting bilateral relations between PNG and New Zealand, climate change and maritime border security which he says is a major concern for PNG and Pacific island countries.
Grand Chief Sir Bob said, New Zealand has successfully integrated the cultural and traditional system of the Maori into its political and social structure a system of government that PNG and other Pacific island countries can learn from and emulate.

High Commissioner Mackwell had served as a Cabinet Office senior advisor in New Zealand and represented New Zealand in its diplomatic missions in France and Malaysia. She holds a Masters of Arts in Political Behaviour (University of Essex) and a Masters of Arts (Hons, University of Canterbury).
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