Michael Green (diplomat)

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Michael Green was a New Zealand diplomat, who in 2007 was expelled as New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji by the country's interim government.

Green joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1970, after graduating from the University of Canterbury. He was first posted to Bangkok as second secretary in 1972, before returning to Wellington three years later. In 1978, Green was posted as first secretary to New Zealand's mission to the United Nations in New York. In 1980, Green was posted to New Zealand's Embassy in Beijing.

In 1988, Green was appointed director of the External Assessments Bureau, a section of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he spent six years. In 1997, Green succeeded Tim Groser as New Zealand's Ambassador to Indonesia.

Following his return from Jakarta, Green was appointed Deputy Secretary at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, responsible for New Zealand's security policy and responsibilities for the Americas, North Asia, and South and South-East Asia.

Green was appointed as New Zealand's High Commissioner to Fiji in December 2004.[1]

In June 2007, Green was expelled from Fiji by the country's post-coup interim government, with Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama accusing him of interfering in the country's domestic affairs.[2] In addition, New Zealand police officers were refused Fijian visas to escort Green back to New Zealand, and a Fairfax Media journalist, Michael Field, was detained then deported by Fijian immigration authorities when he arrived to cover the story.[3]

Green died of cancer in 2012.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Zealand appoints senior diplomat as its Fiji envoy". Radio New Zealand International. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Fiji expels New Zealand diplomat, BBC News, 14 June 2007.
  3. ^ Greg Ansley and Audrey Young (15 June 2007). "Deposed Fiji PM weighs in to expulsion row". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Levy, Danya (17 April 2012). "Long-serving diplomat remembered". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Tim Groser
New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia
1997–2001
Succeeded by
Chris Elder
Preceded by
Adrian Simcock
New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Caroline McDonald