New Permanent Representative of New Zealand Presents Credentials

The new Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, Craig John Hawke, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Hawke was Principal Adviser on small island developing States in the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York.

Mr. Hawke held several senior Government positions, including Acting Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington (November 2014 to February 2015); Deputy Secretary for International Development and Head of the New Zealand Aid Programme (April 2013 to November 2014); Chief Operating Officer of the International Development Group (2012 to March 2013); and Director of Partnerships in the Humanitarian and Multilateral Division of the International Development Group (2009 to 2012).

Between September 2003 and 2008, he was Director of the Pacific Group of the New Zealand Agency for International Development, and from August 2001 to November 2003, Deputy Director of the Asia, Africa and Latin America Development Cooperation Division, also within the Foreign Ministry.

Mr. Hawke’s diplomatic career included postings as Deputy High Commissioner in Samoa from June 1998 to October 2001; Private Secretary (Trade) to the Minister for International Trade in the New Zealand Parliament from June 1996 to May 1998; and First Secretary at the New Zealand Embassy in the Republic of Korea from April 1993 to June 1996.

He is the holder of a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and a master’s in social sciences in economics, both from Waikato University in New Zealand.

Mr. Hawke is married and has two children.

Source: United Nations