28th July 2012: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, today presented Mr Harish Lodhia with his Exequatur commissioning him as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Fiji in Auckland.
Minister Kubuabola, in presenting the commissioning instrument, said that it is a significant move in the Government’s efforts to provide depth and reach into the prime region of Auckland. Auckland is home to many Fijians living in New Zealand and the main centre of economic activities. A Fiji Government representation in Auckland will help enhance business relations and provide basic consular services to the large Fijian community in Auckland.
Honorary Consul Harish Lodhia said he was fully aware of the objectives of establishing the consulate and pledged his commitment to ensure that these objectives were met.
He said “I am honoured to contribute in a small way to the country I love. I will do my best to promote Fiji’s interest in Auckland and assist the Government in whatever way possible in its efforts to build a better Fiji for all”.
Mr Lodhia is the first Honorary Consul for Fiji to be appointed in New Zealand. He migrated to New Zealand twenty five years ago and operates a very successful business in Auckland. The Consulate is housed at his property at the Tulja Centre in Mt Roskill.
The presentation was witnessed by more than 100 invited guests at a reception organised by the Fiji High Commission in Auckland in honour of the newly appointed Honorary Consul.
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