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Hungary's president comes to Wellington

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/11/2016

New Zealand became home to 1100 refugees from Hungary after its revolution 60 years ago. © Reuters New Zealand became home to 1100 refugees from Hungary after its revolution 60 years ago. Hungary's president Janos Ader has a busy day in Wellington as part of an official visit to New Zealand.

He arrived in Wellington on Sunday afternoon for a four day visit accompanied by his wife, Anita Herczegh. They will visit Wellington, Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty.

He unveils a plaque on Wellington's waterfront to commemorate the refugees from Hungary's revolution who came to New Zealand before heading off to Government House for an official welcome, a meeting with Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and a state luncheon.

The afternoon will be spent with politicians, including a meeting with Prime Minister John Key and opposition leader Andrew Little.

New Zealand became home to 1100 refugees from Hungary after its revolution 60 years ago and they have contributed much to New Zealand life, Mr Key said when announcing the visit.

He also said Hungary was an important trade partner and played a role in New Zealand's efforts to develop even closer relations with the European Union.

Migration, climate change and a prospective global water crisis were major issues discussed at talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove when Mr Ader visited Australia last week, Hungary Today reports.

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