New High Commissioner to Australia named
Hon Murray McCully
2013 Media Statement
High Commissioner to Australia named
Affairs Minister Murray McCully today named diplomat Chris
Seed as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to
“Australia is our closest neighbour, our most
important bilateral trading partner and the largest source
of tourists to New Zealand,” Mr McCully says.
High Commissioner will be responsible for ensuring this
important relationship is further strengthened.”
Seed, currently a Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Trade, has extensive experience in the
Pacific and Australia, including a one-year secondment to
the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From
2004 to 2008 he was a Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of
Defence in Wellington.
Mr Seed replaces outgoing High
Commissioner Martyn Dunne who is returning to Wellington to
take up the role of Director General at the Ministry for
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