Peter Ryan has been appointed as the first Irish Ambassador to New Zealand.
Ryan was acknowledged at a ceremony at Government House in Wellington last week.
The ceremony included a guard of honour and pōwhiri, and the Ambassador’s opening remarks were delivered in Irish and te reo Māori.
As a sign of respect, Ambassador Ryan wore a korowai supplied by one of the elders of Ngati Kahungunu of Hawkes Bay.
The opening of new Embassy in Wellington was first announced by Irish President Michael D. Higgins during his visit to New Zealand in late 2017.
There are approximately 15,000 Irish-born citizens in New Zealand and hundreds of thousands of people of Irish heritage.