Obama NZ visit confirmed for March

It has been confirmed that the former US President Barack Obama will visit New Zealand in March.

There has been speculation for weeks that Mr Obama was coming to New Zealand, and it has been announced he will speak at a New Zealand-United States Council event on 22 March.

"President Obama's presidency had an extraordinary impact on the world and during his service, New Zealand's deep friendship with the United States was strengthened politically, culturally, in trade and investment, innovation and security," council chairman Leon Grice said.

The New Zealand-United States Council is a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and strengthening the two countries' bilateral relationship.

Air New Zealand is understood to be heavily involved in Mr Obama's visit.

Mr Obama was President of the US from 2009 to 2017.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to visit New Zealand in May, and will speak at an event in Auckland.