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David and Naomi Lange with Indira Gandhi, India, 1984

David and Naomi Lange with Indira Gandhi, India, 1984

Prime Minister David Lange visited India during his first overseas tour after taking office in 1984. It signalled a change of emphasis in foreign policy. The previous administration had angered the Indian government by closing the New Zealand High Commission in New Delhi and selling the land the Indian government had gifted for it. Lange reopened the High Commission and appointed Sir Edmund Hillary – who had great status on the subcontinent – as high commissioner.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAWW W4640 7122 Box 1

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David Capie, 'Asia and New Zealand - The rise of Asia', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36240/david-and-naomi-lange-with-indira-gandhi-india-1984 (accessed 8 April 2020)

Story by David Capie, published 20 Jun 2012