Ambassador from Mexico visits IPU New Zealand
On 13 July 2016, His Excellency José Gerardo Traslosheros, Ambassador of Mexico to New Zealand, visited IPU New Zealand in Palmerston North.
Ambassador Traslosheros came to New Zealand in May 2016. A chance meeting in Wellington with President Professor Wayne Edwards led to an invitation to the Ambassador to the Institute.
After receiving a warm welcome from student representatives and staff, the Ambassador walked around the campus and asked many questions about IPU New Zealand, showing great interest in our academic programmes and multicultural living/learning environment.
The conversation at a luncheon function with the Ambassador covered a wide range of topics, including the upcoming Presidential election in the USA, recent referendum in the UK, cultural and historical background of Mexico and south American countries as part of the Pacific-Rim linkage, and the artist Frida Kahlo whose photographs are on exhibition for the first time in New Zealand at Te Manawa in Palmerston North.
An advocate of free-trade and international cooperation, Ambassador Traslosheros eloquently spoke on politics, economics, history, diplomacy and art, showing the breadth and depth of his knowledge and thoughts. Particularly his interest in surrealist movement led by Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo and other artists impressed students and staff at the luncheon table, adding an extra spice to the food.
The Ambassador noted the great potential for educational linkages being developed between New Zealand and Latin American countries in the near future.
A gentleman of great warmth, vast knowledge and intelligence, Ambassador Traslosheros was very keen to develop a future relationship with IPU New Zealand. We also hope this is the start of a long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship between Mexico and IPU New Zealand.