Prime Minister Walter Nash of New Zealand laid the foundation stone of New Zealand House - the new centre of New Zealand official activities in the United Kingdom - in London May 16.
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Background: Prime Minister Walter Nash of New Zealand laid the foundation stone of New Zealand House - the new centre of New Zealand official activities in the United Kingdom - in London May 16.
Placed behind the stone was casket of a list of the NZ executive council and house of representatives, NZ coat of arms and ensign and contemporary notes, stamps and newspapers. Acting high Commissioner of New Zealand, Mr. G.R. Laking welcomed the Prime Minister at the ceremony.
The NZ House site is in Haymarket - named after its ancient bay, corn and cattle market and first paved in 1661, 180 years before the birth of New Zealand. New Zealand was first represented in London (by a Government Agent) in 1860. eleven years later the first Agent-General was appointed and set about establishing a uniform system of emigration for the then colony. The title of High Commissioner was first used in 1905. Until the completion of the new building, the offices of the New Zealand Government - in the Strand for the last 45 years - will continue to extend a welcome to New Zealanders visiting and working in London.