Is­raeli am­bas­sador vis­its Waipuku­rau

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Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay re­ceived a rare visit from a top in­ter­na­tional diplo­mat last week.

Is­rael’s Am­bas­sador to New Zealand, Dr Itzhak Ger­berg, and his wife Shifra, along with the Is­raeli Em­bassy’s eco­nomic and trade man­ager Amos Pal­frey­man, spent the day in CHB last Wed­nes­day.

Dur­ing the visit, or­gan­ised by Hawke’s Bay Friends of Is­rael to cel­e­brate 70 years since the cre­ation of Is­rael on May 14, Dr Ger­berg and Mr Pal­frey­man vis­ited a range of CHB busi­nesses be­fore the am­bas­sador and his party were guests of hon­our at a diplo­matic re­cep­tion held at Waipuku­rau Golf Club on Wed­nes­day night

Hawke’s Bay Friends of Is­rael chair­man, Waipuku­rau’s John McCormick, said 90 peo­ple at­tended the diplo­matic re­cep­tion.

“The event went well, with every­body get­ting to talk to the am­bas­sador, his wife and the for­mer hon­orary con­sul of Is­rael, David Zwartz from Welling­ton,” McCormick said.

The highlight of the diplo­matic re­cep­tion was a per­for­mance by world­class Is­raeli cel­list In­bal Megiddo, a se­nior lec­turer in cello at the NZ School of Mu­sic at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity and the founder of the Cel­lo­pho­nia fes­ti­val in NZ.

“She min­gled with the peo­ple be­fore and af­ter her 45-minute recital, in which she played mu­sic by Is­raeli com­posers plus com­posers from around the world.”

Dr Ger­berg said he hoped his visit would re­sult in in­creased trade be­tween CHB busi­nesses and Is­rael, and was en­joy­ing his first visit to CHB where he had got to meet some “real Ki­wis”.

“I was very happy to come. I’ve been spend­ing too much time in Welling­ton,” Dr Ger­berg said. He de­scribed Mr McCormick as a good tour guide and very good friend of Is­rael.

On Thurs­day, the am­bas­sador vis­ited the Busi­ness Hub in Ahuriri, spoke to the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs at the Have­lock North club, and at­tended a func­tion at Flaxmere Chris­tian Fel­low­ship Church, led by Pas­tor Nigel Wood­ley.

PHOTO: DUN­CAN BROWN

HAWKE’S Bay Friends of Is­rael chair­man John McCormick, Is­rael’s am­bas­sador to New Zealand Dr Itzhak Ger­berg, and cel­list In­bal Megiddo at last Wed­nes­day night’s diplo­matic re­cep­tion at the Waipuku­rau Golf Club.

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