Cuba in New Zealand

Meeting with H.W Tory Whanau, Mayor of Wellington.

Wellington, May 23. As part of the preparations for the Latin America and Spain Film Festival (LASFF), the ambassadors involved had a friendly meeting with the Mayor of this city, H.W Tory Whanau.

The support of the City Council for the cultural event that will begin in September was ratified, and we analyzed other initiatives to jointly promote cultural rapprochement between our countries and the people of Wellington.

A summer festival is among the proposals.

We thank the City Council for their hospitality and support.


ALAC members visit the Cuban Embassy.

Wellington, May 19. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés received at the Embassy members of ALAC (Aotearoa Latin American Community),​​an organization that works to support and advise Latin American refugees. They also work in projects for the preservation of our culture and language. Among their activities, they created the Letras Latinas Library, to which our representation has donated books.
ALAC executives have traditionally been linked to solidarity with Cuba.

Presentation on Cuba at Rebus Club of Upper Hutt meeting.

Upper Hutt, May 17. Invited by the board of directors of the Rebus Club of this city, Ambassador Edgardo Valdés virtually presented an exhibition of 80 photos of Cuba before a large group of members of that institution.

In addition, he gave a lecture on various aspects of life in Cuba, foreign policy, and relations with New Zealand, among other aspects; after which he answered multiple questions on the most varied topics.

The attendees showed a genuine interest in learning about Cuba, and some shared their personal or family experiences during trips to the island.

New works are inaugurated on Cuba Street in Palmerston North.

Palmerston North, May 11. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés and Consul Dalila Vázquez visited this city at the invitation of Mayor Grant Smith, to inaugurate remodeling works on Cuba Street.

Authorities, the city press, construction contractors, local businessmen, and residents participated in the public act.

The Ambassador spoke to the attendees and attended a dinner with the mayor and other authorities, on which occasion they discussed the preparations for the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival (LASFF), which Cuba is responsible for organizing in that city in September.

Cuban officials attend a reception offered by the Foreign Minister.

Wellington, May 3. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés and his wife, Consul Dalila Vázquez, attended the reception offered to the Diplomatic Corps by the Foreign Minister, Honorable Nanaia Mahuta.

At the event, held at Parliament House, Mahuta gave a useful update on New Zealand's foreign policy to those present.

On behalf of the diplomats, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, H.E Ahmad Alwehaib, Ambassador of Kuwait, thanked her for the opportunity.

After the speeches, the head of New Zealand diplomacy exchanged informally with the attendees.