Croatian president to arrive in NZ

  • 19/08/2017
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (Reuters)
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Photo credit: Reuters

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic is due to arrive for her first official visit to New Zealand.

She arrives with her husband, Jakov Kitarovic, on Saturday, having been in Australia last week, and will be in the country until Tuesday.

They will visit Auckland, Wellington, Rotorua and Taupo.

The itinerary includes an official welcome at Government House in Auckland and a state luncheon hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

There will also be plenty of opportunity to meet with members of the Croatian community, estimated to number 100,000.

New Zealand politicians are expected to be interested in her take on political events in Europe, and also any chances for New Zealand companies to do more business in Croatia.

The president's office said the aim of the visit would be to forge new partnerships and open up investment opportunities in Croatia.

She will also visit Simunovic's olive grove in New Zealand.