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Launch - Balancing Acts by Gerald McGhie


Wed 24 May 2017, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


A fascinating and insightful account of some of the highlights of almost 40 years as a New Zealand diplomat, including his two postings in Moscow: first during the Brezhnev years of the Cold War; and second from 1990 when he witnessed the dramatic events that led to the fall of Gorbachev, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and the collapse of the Soviet Union, which saw him become New Zealand’s last Ambassador to the Soviet Union and first to Russia.

Earlier Gerald McGhie worked twice in the South Pacific: in Samoa shortly after independence in the 1960s, and later in Papua New Guinea. He discusses New Zealand’s relations with that rich and fascinating country whose population is larger than New Zealand’s.

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