New Zealand ambassador to France and former Dunedin woman Jane Coombs says New Zealand has the opportunity to form closer links with France. Former St Hilda's Collegiate School pupil Jane Coombs, who is also the ambassador to Senegal, Portugal and Monaco, and New Zealand's permanent representative on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, said her job was a ''dream come true''. Ms Coombs, who was in Dunedin visiting family, took up her role last September. As Britain was leaving the EU, it was more important than ever that New Zealand had strong relationships in Europe, she said. There was strong French investment in New Zealand and a huge proportion of young overseas visitors on working holidays - 10,000 every year - were French.
Source: Otago Daily Times May 16, 2018 16:52 UTC