NZ Labour taps Goff for London role

Former Labor leader and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has been appointed New Zealand High Commissioner for the UK.

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced the widely circulated move on Thursday, which will see the 69-year-old take office from January.

Ms. Mahuta said that Mr. Goff’s decades of service, including six years as foreign minister in Helen Clark’s government, will serve New Zealand well.

“As Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he pursued a free trade agenda that has provided New Zealand with unique benefits for its goods and services in key export markets,” he said. he stated.

“After three years of negotiations, Goff signed the New Zealand-China FTA in Beijing, the first free trade agreement between China and an OECD country.

“Phil Goff brings the expertise Aotearoa New Zealand needs to London as we move to implement the FTA and further our interests in the UK.”

The former foreign minister has decided not to run for mayor of Auckland this year. Right-wing candidate Wayne Brown was elected on October 8 with a surprise victory.

Mr. Goff is the second Labor luminary appointed to a diplomatic post in recent months.

In August, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appointed outgoing President Trevor Mallard as ambassador to Ireland.

Both men will remain in office for three years.

Also on Thursday, Ms. Mahuta announced that New Zealand would support a conditional moratorium on seabed mining in international waters.

“This area contains some of the lesser known ecosystems on the planet and our scientific knowledge about them remains extremely limited,” said Ms. Mahuta.

“Deep-sea mining could lead to irreversible changes in this environment and have a significant impact on its biodiversity.

“That is why we are now calling for a conditional moratorium on deep-sea mining in areas outside national jurisdiction, until a mining code can be agreed to guarantee effective protection of the marine environment.”

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