5 Jan 2015

UN Security Council seat benefits NZ

6:45 pm on 5 January 2015

New Zealand's United Nations permanent representative Jim McLay says doors are already opening for the country since it gained a seat on the UN Security Council.

Jim McLay speaks at a press conference at the UN in New York to promote the 2015 Cricket World Cup in June 2014.

Jim McLay Photo: AFP

He said in terms of trade and other benefits, New Zealand was finding it easier to reach people to whom it would otherwise have limited access.

"Doors that we previously couldn't kick down suddenly open with just the lightest touch, when you're on the council people pay attention to you and they expect a lot of us."

Mr McLay said the biggest challenge for New Zealand during its term would be navigating the conflicts in the Middle East.

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