|Full name||Carl August Berendsen|
16 August 1890|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||12 September 1973
Dunedin, New Zealand
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 26 November 2008|
Sir Carl August Berendsen KCMG (16 August 1890 – 12 September 1973) was a New Zealand civil servant and diplomat. He was the creator of the Department of External Affairs, and collaborated with Michael Joseph Savage. He was Secretary for External Affairs 1928–32, Head of the Prime Minister's Department 1932–43, and Secretary of the War Cabinet 1939–43. He attended all Imperial Conferences 1926–43, and assemblies of the League of Nations and later the United Nations.
Berendsen served as the country's first High Commissioner to Australia, from 1943 until 1944. He was then transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served as Minister to the United States between 1944 and 1952. In late 1967 he was appointed as member of the team headed by UN envoy Gunnar Jarring to establish peace in the Middle East following the Six Day War.
He was born in Sydney, Australia, and educated (LLM) at Victoria University College. Berendsen served with New Zealand forces in Samoa in World War I.
- Mr Ambassador: Memoirs of Sir Carl Berendsen edited by Hugh Templeton (2009, Victoria University Press, Wellington NZ) ISBN 978-0-86473-584-3
- An eye, an ear and a voice: 50 years in New Zealand's external relations edited by Malcolm Templeton (1993, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington NZ) ISBN 0-477-03725-9
- Undiplomatic Dialogue: Letters between Carl Berendsen and Alister McIntosh 1943-1952 edited by Ian McGibbon (1993, Auckland University Press, Auckland NZ) ISBN 1-86940-095-X
- Unofficial Channels: Letters between Alister McIntosh and Foss Shanahan, George Laking and Frank Corner 1946-1966 edited by Ian McGibbon (1999, Victoria University Press, Wellington NZ) ISBN 0-86473-365-8
- McGibbon, Ian. "Berendsen, Carl August 1890 - 1973". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
|Minister from New Zealand in the United States
|New title||Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York