NZ an 'honest broker' at UN Security Council

Foreign Minister Murray McCully (AAP)
Foreign Minister Murray McCully (AAP)

New Zealand has been engaged in what is being dubbed "Pavlova diplomacy" during its month-long presidency of the United Nations Security Council.

The venue for the top-secret chats has been the $11 million apartment being used by our ambassador to the UN.

There are 15 countries represented at the Security Council. It took years of scrapping, spending and wooing votes for New Zealand to get a little sign and everything it represents.

Kudos from our superpower mates is always a treat, so a short-notice invite to Washington to meet his uber-powerful counterpart, John Kerry, is pay dirt for Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

New Zealand has been on the Security Council for nine months, and this month we hold the presidency – overseeing the historic nuclear deal between Iran and the West.

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