Philippine Ambassador Makes A Presentation At The Rotary Club Of Wellington North
NEWS: 27 August 2015
Upon the invitation of the Rotary Club of Wellington North, Philippine Ambassador Virginia H. Benavidez made a presentation on “The Philippines and New Zealand: A People Based Relationship” before officials and members of the Rotary Club of Wellington North on 16 July 2015 at the Wellington Bridge Club, Thorndon, Wellington.
Ambassador Benavidez discussed in her presentation the continuing close relations of the Philippines and New Zealand, and the contributions of the Filipino community to New Zealand. She highlighted the varied composition of the Filipino community in New Zealand, their importance to the New Zealand life, economy and society and the continued promotion of the Philippines – New Zealand people-to-people connectivity. “This year, the Philippines and New Zealand mark forty nine years of warm and long standing relations underpinned by enduring people-to-people ties. What makes our bonds closer is our shared adherence to democratic values and principles, good governance, rules-based approach, peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, peace-building and respect for human rights in the face of challenges to our regional and global environment and security,” Ambassador Benavidez stated. A lively and interactive open forum followed her presentation.