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NZ consul hails long-standing ties with New Caledonia

The consul-general of New Zealand for the French Pacific territories Felicity Roxburgh says New Zealand's presence in New Caledonia is historical.

She says she is looking to strengthen economic and political ties with the French Pacific territories.

This comes as New Zealand marks 50 years of its consulate in New Caledonia, which also covers ties with French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna.

Felicity Roxburgh said her job is to take New Zealand's relationship with the French Pacific to the next level.

"This year is 50 years since New Zealand opened the consulate in Noumea, and it is also 80 years since New Zealand military presence which was here during World War Two. Which is notably in Bourail, so there is a lot of history to the relationship. So my job is to try and deepen those connections and take our relationship with the Pacific French territories to the next level economically and politically", she said.

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