President Tony Tan Keng Yam will make a State Visit to New Zealand from 25 – 30 October 2015, at the invitation of New Zealand Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae. President Tan will visit Wellington and Christchurch. This visit reciprocates the State Visit to Singapore by Governor-General Mateparae in July this year, and reaffirms Singapore’s warm and broad-based relations with New Zealand. Singapore and New Zealand commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.
In Wellington, President Tan will meet New Zealand leaders including Governor-General Mateparae, who will host him to a State Banquet at Government House, and Acting Prime Minister Bill English. President Tan will also visit Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, where he will lay a ceremonial wreath in honour of New Zealanders who had died in military conflicts in service of their country.
In Christchurch, President Tan will be hosted to a lunch by Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel and will meet Singaporeans living in New Zealand. President Tan will also be briefed by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority on the recovery efforts following the 2011 earthquake that struck Christchurch. President Tan will lay a wreath at the site of the former Canterbury Television (CTV) building, which suffered the greatest loss of lives during the earthquake. Singapore’s Civil Defence Force and the Singapore Armed Forces had provided relief and assistance to Christchurch in the aftermath of the earthquake.
President Tan will be accompanied by Mrs Mary Tan; Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State for Defence Ong Ye Kung; Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin; Members of Parliament Vikram Nair and Sun Xueling; and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
President Tan will be on private leave from 31 October to 2 November 2015. During President Tan’s absence, Mr J Y Pillay, Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers, will exercise the functions of the office of the President.
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MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
25 OCTOBER 2015