John Bryan (diplomat)

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John Bryan is a career diplomat who was appointed by the New Zealand foreign minister to the office of High Commissioner of the Cook Islands on 6 September 2005. Bryan had previously served as High Commissioner of Niue. Bryan had also served as a diplomat in Apia, Suva, Singapore, Bonn, New York City and Brisbane, and as Director of Property and Capital Management Division in New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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In September 2010, Bryan was succeeded as acting High Commissioner to Niue by the appointment of former Wellington Mayor Mark Blumsky to the post. [1]

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  1. Boyer, Seamus (10 February 2011). "Blumsky new high commissioner to Niue". Dominion Post . . Retrieved 2011-04-10.