Cuba in New Zealand

Cuban Festival begins in Rotorua.

Rotorua. March 10th. The "Aotearoa Cuban Festival" began in this city and will last until Sunday the 12th.

Workshops, presentations, and parties animate this festival, which is already a tradition and is widely accepted by the public.

Under the artistic direction of the Cuban dancer Greydis Montero, during the Festival, several instructors and groups of fans demonstrate their skills in Cuban and Afro-Cuban rhythms, learn about Cuban percussion and enjoy parties at night.


Cuban diplomats participate in a public event for women's rights.

Wellington, March 5. Ambassador Edgardo Valdés and Consul Dalila Vázquez participated together with activists and union leaders in a public meeting against violence and discrimination for any reason, and in favor of women's rights.

In his speech, the Ambassador highlighted Cuba's achievements in this area and the challenges that still lie ahead.

Similar events were held simultaneously this Sunday in various cities in New Zealand.


Premier of Niue visits Cuban Embassy.

Wellington, February 27. The Honorable Dalton Tagelagi, Premier of Niue, and his delegation visited the Cuban Embassy during their visit to New Zealand.

On the occasion, Ambassador Edgardo Valdés presented the Credentials that accredit him as ambassador to that Pacific nation.

At the meeting, both parties recalled the cooperation between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations in September 2014 and evaluated new ways to strengthen bilateral ties.

Cuba vigorously protests United States of America’s granting of asylum to an aircraft hijacker.

Havana, February 27.  A Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs refers that the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, summoned the United States Chargé D’Affaires, Benjamin Ziff, to the Ministry, to formally convey Cuba’s vigorous protest at the granting of political asylum to the Cuban citizen Rubén Martínez Machado, the perpetrator of the hijacking of a Cuban civil aircraft on 21 October 2022. 

Cuba appoints representative to coordinate presidency of the G-77 + China.

Havana, February 17. The Council of State of Cuba appointed Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta as ambassador, special representative, to coordinate the presidency of the Group of 77 plus China.

Cuba assumed in January the presidency of this coordination mechanism that brings together 134 member states, which represent two-thirds of the United Nations system and 80 percent of the world population.