UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox, accompanied by UK Chief of Defence General Sir David Richards, visited New Zealand during January 20-21, 2011. The visitors were hosted in Auckland by Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Dr Wayne Mapp. The visit reinforced New Zealand’s close and long-standing relationship with the UK.
Following a powhiri on arrival at Whenuapai airbase, the visitors laid a wreath at the Auckland Cenotaph and were formally welcomed at a reception hosted by Minister McCully at the Maritime Museum, with Auckland-based MPs and civic leaders in attendance. The following day, respective ministers held bilateral talks and all four Ministers continued discussions over a working lunch.