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Congratulations to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a resounding election result. As you begin your second term in Government, we look forward to working with you to continue to broaden and deepen New Zealand-India relations. Both countries share a close and enduring relationship reinforced by our people-to-people links. We share democratic values and a Commonwealth heritage, and our connections are only growing stronger through trade, tourism, education and of course, cricket! New Zealand has a vibrant Indian diaspora that has been making productive contributions to our economy and society. The Indian-origin community accounts for nearly 4 per cent of our population, and in Auckland, that figure is as high as 8 per cent. It's no wonder that Hindi is our fourth-most spoken language, after English, Maori and Samoan. Three of our MPs are of Indian origin and so is one of our former Governors-General. I also take this opportunity to congratulate the Indian authorities on delivering the world's biggest election. It is no ordinary feat to ensure that 900 million eligible voters can exercise their foremost democratic right-the right to vote-freely. We admire the strong commitment to democratic principles that this reflects
-H.E. Ms Joanna Kempkers (High Commissioner of New Zealand to India)
How many countries have capitals that are dotted with houses tucked away in hillsides, and goblins running around in the forest? (Ok, not really goblinsâ€¦ but no snakes either!) And with no part of New Zealand more than 128 km from the sea, in how many countries can you ski, hike, bike and swim in the sea all within the same day? New Zealand has a cool, clean environment, and our business is clean too. New Zealand ranks as among the least corrupt countries in the world, and in October last year, it topped the World Bank Group's annual ease of doing business ranking. Like India, it is also an innovation powerhouse, with our skills globally acclaimed in sectors as diverse as space technology, fashion design and agriculture. New Zealand hosted more than 52,000 Indian holiday makers last year and in the education sector, we are seeing some very exciting collaboration and research emerge. All eight of New Zealand's universities are ranked in the top 3% globally by QS World University Rankings. Together, we are working to grow two-way trade, which currently sits at NZ $2.5 billion, and through our bilateral trade negotiations, unlock new sectors for growth and development.
-H.E. Ms Suzannah Jessep, Acting High Commissioner of New Zealand to India