New Zealand has opened its first embassy in Ireland today, an occasion Foreign Minister Winston Peters said was an "inevitability" once Brexit was announced.
The embassy in Dublin was opened by Mr Peters, who said it was facing the "changing economic and political circumstances here in Ireland".
"New Zealand has a lot at stake in its relations with Europe and people on the ground in Dublin makes sense as Europe's architecture evolves, following the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU."
"Ireland and New Zealand are already close friends but our new diplomatic post will strengthen connections and further develop the relationship," he said.
He spoke about New Zealand and Ireland's shared history "formally as a colony" and as now as nations "of our own".
"And a very proud one at that, with a very independent view of our international voice and our courage to admit what that voice is."
"Given the Irish attitude to life, I think we're going to be a pretty good fit."
Brad Burgess is the new Ambassador to Ireland.
The All Blacks play Ireland in Dublin this weekend.