High Commissioner to Samoa appointed
Minister of Foreign
27 November 2012 Media
to Samoa appointed
Foreign Affairs Minister
Murray McCully today named New Zealand’s next High
Commissioner to Samoa as career diplomat Jackie
“New Zealand and Samoa have a strong and
unique relationship – one that was cemented 50 years ago
with the Treaty of Friendship,” Mr McCully says.
Frizelle has extensive experience in the Pacific and will
bring an impressive mix of strategic and practical skills to
her new role.”
Ms Frizelle most recently served as
Director of Strategy and Effectiveness for the New Zealand
Aid Programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
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