HE Peter Ryan At Business breakfast
At the Rotary/ANZ Business Breakfast meeting on 21 November the audience was treated to an address by the Irish Ambassador, HE Peter Ryan, with the Ambassador being formally introduced by Luke Yiavasis.
Ambassador Ryan gave a wide ranging address. Stressing the similarities between Ireland and New Zealand HE touched on common values. He talked about strengthening the relationship between our countries through trade and travel and the influence that Irish migration had had in various parts of the world. In New Zealand approximately 14,000 people are Irish born. Many opportunities exist for the 2 countries to co-operate and the ambassador identified the creative space, high tech industries and tourism. Both countries face similar issues with the stewardship of large marine zones and with their approach to climate change.
On the trade front the Ambassador discussed the turbulence times caused by Brexit question and the pathway that Ireland is looking to over the coming years in trade and the country’s well-being.. Senior ANZ executive, Andrea McDonough moved the vote of thanks to the Ambassador from the meeting.
This was a well attended meeting. Our thanks go to the Irish Ambassador and his staff, also to our friends from the ANZ and from neighbouring Rotary and Lions Clubs.