Local businessman and community leader Dinesh Khadka has been appointed as the government of Nepal’s new Honorary Consul in Auckland.

The appointment has been confirmed in the Letter of Commission issued by Nepal’s Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand (based in Canberra), Kailash Raj Pokharel, on July 27.

“I have the pleasure to attach herewith the Letter of Commission appointing you as the Honorary Consul of Nepal to the region of Auckland, Waikato, Northland of New Zealand for four years effective from June 28, 2022,” says the letter issued by Kailash Raj Pokharel.

On his new appointment Khadka said, “It’s a matter of great pride and satisfaction. I look forward to giving my everything in this role and advancing the great people-to-people relations that we have between our two countries – Nepal and NZ.”

Speaking more about the mandate for his role as Hon Consul of Nepal, Khadka said, “I will be working to promote the overall economic, social, cultural and commercial interests of Nepal, along with assisting any Nepalese nationals in NZ.”

The people of Nepal celebrate close ties with NZ, fuelled by the legacy of the bonhomie and camaraderie between Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay – the two legendary first conquerors of the mighty Mt Everest – the highest mountain on planet earth above seas level.

In recent years, bonhomie has grown further with the increasing size of the Nepali diaspora in NZ and celebrations of key Nepali festivals in Aotearoa, New Zealand, including the Nepal Festival.

Khadka has been playing a key role in leading the vibrant Nepalese diaspora, including holding positions of the immediate past president of the NZ Nepal Society and as the current President of NZ Nepal Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Khadka is also well entrenched and deeply connected with the wider Kiwi-Indian diaspora in NZ and carries forward the traditional Indo-Nepal brotherhood in NZ.

“Our two communities share similar cultural values, common sub-continental vibes and have similar experiences as ethnic migrant communities in NZ, and I wish to work continuously to expand that mutually shared bonhomie,” Khadka said.