List of Australian High Commissioners to New Zealand

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High Commissioner of Australia to New Zealand
Coat of Arms of Australia.svg
Incumbent
Ewen McDonald

since 11 January 2018
StyleHis Excellency
NominatorPrime Minister of Australia
AppointerGovernor General of Australia
Inaugural holderThomas d'Alton
Formation15 December 1943
WebsiteAustralian High Commission, Wellington
The Australian High Commission, 72 Hobson Street, Thorndon.

The High Commissioner of Australia to New Zealand is an officer of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the head of the High Commission of the Commonwealth of Australia to New Zealand in Wellington. The High Commissioner has the rank and status of an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and is currently Ewen McDonald, who also holds non-resident accreditation to the Realm of New Zealand, including the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau, as well as the Pitcairn Islands, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. The posting is one of Australia's oldest, with the first High Commissioner appointed in 1943, although it dates much earlier to 1934 when an Australian Government Trade Commissioner was appointed to Wellington.[1] There is also a Consulate-General in Auckland maintained by Austrade.

High Commissioners[edit]

Name Start of term End of term References
Thomas d'Alton 15 December 1943 June 1946 [2]
Roden Cutler June 1946 May 1953
Peter Heydon May 1953 30 April 1955
Owen Davis (acting) 30 April 1955 6 April 1956
John Augustine Collins 6 April 1956 November 1962
Donald Alastair Cameron November 1962 December 1965
David McNicol December 1965 March 1968 [3]
Ted Hicks March 1968 1971
Annabelle Rankin 1971 1974
Brian Clarence Hill 1974 1977
Colin Moodie 1975 1977 [4]
Lew Border 1977 1980 [4]
James Webster 1980 1984
Les Johnson 1984 1985
Bill McKinnon 1987 1988 [5]
Robert Laurie 1989 1992
Ray Greet 1993 1996 [6]
Geoff Miller 1996 2000 [7][8]
Bob Cotton 2000 2003 [8][9]
Allan Hawke 2003 2006 [9]
John Dauth 2006 2008 [10]
Paul O'Sullivan 2009 2012 [11]
Michael Potts 2012 2016 [12][13]
Peter Woolcott 28 January 2016 1 August 2017 [14]
Andrew Cumpston (acting) 1 August 2017 14 February 2018 [15]
Ewen McDonald 14 February 2018 2 March 2019 [16]
Patricia Forsythe 2 March 2019 present [17]

Consuls-General in Auckland[edit]

Michael Crawford January 2008 December 2013 Consul General & General Manager Pacific Markets John Brand January 2014 July 2018 [18]
Craig Knowles July 2018 date [19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CA 2781 – Australian High Commission, New Zealand [Wellington]". National Archives of Australia. Australian Government. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Appointment of High Commissioner welcomed in N.Z.", Advocate, Burnie, Tasmania, p. 2, 3 December 1943
  3. ^ "New envoy to Thailand". The Canberra Times. 4 June 1968. p. 3.
  4. ^ a b Juddery, Bruce (20 July 1977). "Top-ranking envoy for NZ post". The Canberra Times. ACT. p. 10.
  5. ^ "High Commissioner dies of heart attack". The Canberra Times. 12 December 1988. p. 3.
  6. ^ Evans, Gareth (26 September 1995). "DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT: High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014.
  7. ^ Evans, Gareth (26 September 1995). "DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT: High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release). Archived from the original on 12 February 2014.
  8. ^ a b Downer, Alexander (25 October 1999). "Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014.
  9. ^ a b Downer, Alexander (2 May 2003). "Diplomatic appointment: High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014.
  10. ^ Downer, Alexander (20 January 2006). "Diplomatic Appointment - High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015.
  11. ^ Smith, Stephen (25 February 2009). "Diplomatic Appointment: High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015.
  12. ^ Carr, Bob (25 June 2012). "High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 2 February 2016.
  13. ^ "New envoys to present their credentials". Governor-General of New Zealand. 17 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  14. ^ Bishop, Julie (28 January 2016). "High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016.
  15. ^ http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/money/2018/01/first-australians-to-learn-from-maori.html
  16. ^ Bishop, Julie (11 January 2018). "High Commissioner to New Zealand" (Press release). Australian Government.
  17. ^ "Patricia Forsythe announced as Australia's High Commissioner to New Zealand". www.msn.com. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  18. ^ "John Brand - Consul General & Senior Trade Commissioner". Austrade. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  19. ^ Ciobo, Steven (26 January 2018). "New Consuls-General appointed to key Austrade posts" (Press release). Australian Government.

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