Hamilton, October 24. His Majesty Kiingi Tuheitia received Ambassador Edgardo Valdés and his family in a private farewell audience in his offices.
Accompanied by his wife, Makau Ariki, and his chief of staff, Archdeacon Ngira Simmonds, Kiingi Tuhetia exchanged with the ambassador and recalled Cuba's support for literacy programs for Maori years ago.
Wellington, October 20. Gathered in our Embassy, members of the Latin Club of Wellington, celebrated with our diplomats the Day of Cuban Culture and the 60 years of the Club.
Ambassador Edgardo Valdés and the Club's president, Fiona McKensey, spoke briefly about the date and the importance of preserving and disseminating our cultures.
Friends of various nationalities shared a night at the movies and talked about diversity, tolerance, and Cuban culture, after enjoying the movie Strawberry and Chocolate.
Hastings, October 6-8. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés and First Secretary Dalila Vázquez visited this city for meetings with Warren Brewer, national president of the Cuba Solidarity Group of Aotearoa/New Zealand and with Liz Remmerswaal, Vice President of the pacifist organization World Beyond War and its national coordinator in New Zealand.
In both cases, they thanked them for their solidarity with Cuba and talked about future projects based on the friendship between our peoples and in favor of peace.
Wellington, October 5. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés made a presentation on Cuba's foreign policy in the current international scenario, before a large group of students of various levels and profiles from Victoria University in this city.
Relations with the United States, the effects of the blockade, Cuba's international cooperation, our presidency of the G77+China, and ties with New Zealand were among the topics addressed.