French Ambassador participates in Waitangi Day events [fr]
Ambassador of France in New Zealand, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, represented France at the official Waitangi Day ceremony on Monday at Te Tii Marae and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
The ceremony marked New Zealand’s national day, which commemorates the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.
The Ambassador was present at a reception held for members of the diplomatic corps by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy, as well as the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Beat Retreat ceremony.
The Ambassador also visited Russell, where French missionary Jean Baptiste Pompallier established a mission house in 1842. The rammed earth building is now preserved as an historic site.