The Greek Embassy in Wellington is suspending its operation due to the Greek government’s failure to provide a salaried diplomatic office. Greeks living in New Zealand have expressed their frustration at the decision, as they will now be forced to travel to Canberra, Australia, in order to settle their affairs. Such a trip costs at least AU$600 and takes six hours, complicating legal issues for the local diaspora and newly-arrived Greeks in New Zealand. It is estimated that 5,000-6,000 Greeks are currently living in the country, a number that has kept growing over the past three years after the economic developments in Greece.
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