Visit of the newly appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK

The Directors of the Ulster New Zealand Trust at The Ballance House and the Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh, Councillor Brian Bloomfield will be warmly welcoming the recently appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, The Right Honourable Sir Jerimiah (Jerry) Mateparae.  

Sir Jerry will be making his inaugural visit to Northern Ireland on 15th and 16th June. The first day will be devoted to Government business at Stormont and on Friday 16th June he will visit The Ballance House in Glenavy at 12.30 pm to meet volunteers and guests, followed by a tour of the House, the Ulster-New Zealand exhibition and lunch.  Tutors from New Zealand, currently based at the Royal School Dungannon, will perform a Haka at 1.30 pm.

Sir Jerry was also born, brought up and educated in Whanganui, New Zealand – the same town in which John Ballance lived once he had arrived in New Zealand.  Ballance also represented Whanganui once he entered the New Zealand Parliament.

For further information, or if you would like to attend this function, please contact us