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Lockwood Smith begins role as UK High Commissioner

Published: 7:22AM Tuesday March 26, 2013 Source: ONE News

New Zealand's new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has started his first day on the job.

Lockwood Smith was welcomed to the post with a rousing powhiri at New Zealand House in central London this morning.

Smith was appointed to the job late last year.

Before taking up the role, Smith was one of Parliament's longest serving MPs.

He started in 1984 and eventually became Speaker in 2008.

In Smith's final speech to Parliament he told fellow MPs that his biggest regret was voting against homosexual law reform in 1986.