Te Rongotoa "Tia" Barrett previously known as John Richard Te Rongotoa Barrett (24 July 1947 – 15 November 2009) was a New Zealand diplomat of indigenous Ngati Maniapoto and Waikato extraction from the Tainui iwi. He was director of the Māori Policy Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).
He was New Zealand's first Māori High Commissioner to Rarotonga. He was High Commissioner to the Cook Islands at the time of his sudden death in Middlemore Hospital in Auckland on 15 November 2009 following a short illness.
Tia Barrett grew up in Aria, Waikato. He is survived by his second wife, Theresa, and his two children, Caroline and Nicholas.
List of honours
- Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (France) – 2011.
- Silo Breaker report on Tia Barrett
- "French fly ill NZ envoy to Cook Islands back home". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- "Labour pays its respects to Tia Barrett"
- Report of Barrett's death
- Ngāti Maniapoto member
- Memorial notice
|This New Zealand diplomat-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|