Prime Minister John Key will lead a "distinguished
delegation" to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial
service this week.
Mr Key said this afternoon that a small New Zealand
contingent would travel to the country to pay respects to the
South African leader, who died on Friday.
"Nelson Mandela was a global icon for freedom who united
South Africans following apartheid," Mr Key said.
"Madiba's achievements demonstrate what can be attained
through forgiveness and reconciliation. His vision for South
Africa was one of freedom and equality. It remains an
inspiration to the world."
The Prime Minister would be accompanied by Maori Affairs
Minister Pita Sharples, Leader of the Opposition David
Cunliffe, former Prime Minister Jim Bolger, and former
Foreign Minister and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
Sir Don McKinnon.
An official memorial service is planned at the FNB Stadium in
Johannesburg on Tuesday, and Mandela's body will lie in state
at Pretoria's Union Buildings before a private burial on
- By Isaac Davison of the NZ Herald