In a new post-covid 19 norm, the newly appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to India David Pine had presented his credentials to the President of India through a video conference held on Wednesday, July 8, in New Delhi. 

The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind accepted credentials from Heads of Mission from New Zealand,” a press release from the office of the President of India announced. 

Mr Kovind had accepted the credentials of envoys of two other countries the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan in the same virtual ceremony. 

Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind conveyed his warm wishes to the envoys on their appointment, acknowledging that India had deep-rooted ties with all the three countries and was privileged to share a common outlook on key global issues with them. 

The President of India also noted that enhancing global cooperation was the need of the hour to effectively tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notably, the new High Commissioner to India David Pine had travelled on the first repatriation flight under Vande Bharat Mission on June 7 that took Indians stranded in New Zealand back home.

The Vande Bharat Mission had since then taken around 1850 Indians stranded in NZ  in a month-long operation involving seven different flights. 


Speaking to the Indian Weekender then at the Auckland Airport before his departure to New Delhi in strange times of severely restricted global travel Mr Pine had said, “Well the world might have turned upside down by this Covid-19 health pandemic, but we got to look beyond that too. 

“We are going into this relationship with tremendous momentum from the Minister's visits.”

“The opportunities that we are seeing for deepening this relationship across a wide range of spectrum from political to economic to cultural, so there is great momentum to this relationship 

“I am looking forward to bringing our best team of NZ Inc together and putting our best foot forward,” Mr Pine said. 

Meanwhile, expressing happiness at the vibrant state of relations with New Zealand, President Kovind emphasized that as a member of the UN Security Council for the term 2021-22, India looked forward to working with the international community to strengthen global peace and prosperity.