Prime Minister David Lange visited India as part of his first official 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 as the High Commissioner.
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