List of Australian High Commissioners to New Zealand

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High Commissioner of Australia to New Zealand
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Incumbent
Ewen McDonald

since 11 January 2018
Style His Excellency
Nominator Prime Minister of Australia
Appointer Governor General of Australia
Inaugural holder Thomas d'Alton
Formation 15 December 1943
Website Australian High Commission, Wellington
The Australian High Commission, 72 Hobson Street, Thorndon. WellingtonEmbassy-Australia.jpg
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 Peter Woolcott, 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.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia) diplomatic relations and trade relations department of the Australian government

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is the department of the Government of Australia responsible for foreign policy, foreign relations, foreign aid, consular services, and trade and investment.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Contents

High Commissioners

NameStart of termEnd of termReferences
Thomas d'Alton 15 December 1943June 1946 [2]
Roden Cutler June 1946May 1953
Peter Heydon May 195330 April 1955
Owen Davis (acting)30 April 19556 April 1956
John Augustine Collins 6 April 1956November 1962
Donald Alastair Cameron November 1962December 1965
David McNicol December 1965March 1968 [3]
Ted Hicks March 19681971
Annabelle Rankin 19711974
Brian Clarence Hill19741977
Colin Moodie 19751977 [4]
Lew Border 19771980 [4]
James Webster 19801984
Les Johnson 19841985
Bill McKinnon 19871988 [5]
Robert Laurie19891992
Ray Greet19931996 [6]
Geoff Miller 19962000 [7] [8]
Bob Cotton20002003 [8] [9]
Allan Hawke 20032006 [9]
John Dauth 20062008 [10]
Paul O'Sullivan 20092012 [11]
Michael Potts 20122016 [12] [13]
Peter Woolcott 28 January 20161 August 2017 [14]
Andrew Cumpston (acting)1 August 201714 February 2018 [15]
Ewen McDonald14 February 2018date [16]

Consuls-General in Auckland

NameStart of termEnd of termReferences
John BrandJanuary 2014July 2018 [17]
Craig Knowles July 2018date [18]

See also

Australia–New Zealand relations Diplomatic relations between Australia and New Zealand

Australia–New Zealand relations, also referred to as Trans-Tasman relations, are extremely close and important. Both countries share a British colonial heritage as Antipodean Dominions and settler colonies, and both are part of the wider Anglosphere. New Zealand sent representatives to the constitutional conventions which led to the uniting of the six Australian colonies but opted not to join. In the Boer War and in both world wars, New Zealand soldiers fought alongside Australian soldiers. In recent years the Closer Economic Relations free trade agreement and its predecessors have inspired ever-converging economic integration. Despite some shared similarities, the cultures of Australia and New Zealand also have their own sets of differences and there are sometimes differences of opinion which some have declared as symptomatic of sibling rivalry. This often centres upon sports and in commercio-economic tensions such as those arising from the failure of Ansett Australia and those engendered by the formerly long-standing Australian ban on New Zealand apple imports.

Foreign relations of Australia

Foreign relations of Australia are influenced by its position as a leading trading nation and as a significant donor of humanitarian aid. Australia's foreign policy is guided by a commitment to multilateralism and regionalism, as well as to strong bilateral relations with its allies. Key concerns include free trade, terrorism, refugees, economic co-operation with Asia and stability in the Asia-Pacific. Australia is active in the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations. Given its history of starting and supporting important regional and global initiatives, it has been described as a regional middle power par excellence.

References

  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. 1 2 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. 1 2 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. 1 2 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. "John Brand - Consul General & Senior Trade Commissioner". Austrade. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  18. Ciobo, Steven (26 January 2018). "New Consuls-General appointed to key Austrade posts" (Press release). Australian Government.