New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

Who is in the High Commission

HE Mark Ramsden, High Commissioner

High Commissioner: HE. Mr Mark Ramsden

Deputy High Commissioner/Trade Commissioner: Ms Amanda Vercoe

First Secretary: Dr Helen Leslie (Regional Development Programme)

First Secretary: Dr Willy Morrell (Bilateral Development)

First Secretary (Admin) & Consul: Ms Kim O'Brien

Second Secretary: Ms Sally Page

Defence Adviser: Lt-Col William Keelan

Police Liaison Officer: Detective Superintendent Don Allan

Brief Profile

HE High Commissioner: Mark Ramsden

Mark Ramsden was appointed acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji in September 2013. A career foreign service officer, he served as High Commissioner to Solomon Islands (cross-accredited to Nauru) from 2009 to 2013. 

Prior to that, Ramsden held management roles in the New Zealand Aid Programme and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has had previous offshore assignments at the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations in New York, New Zealand High Commissions in Port Moresby and Port Vila, and on secondment to the Australian Government in Canberra. 

Ramsden holds a BA (Hons) from Otago University and a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. 

He is married to Margot Szamier, with children Maia, Griffyn and Isla.  He enjoys surfing, cycling, running, watching rugby, reading history and teaching children to sail.

Deputy High Commissioner/Trade Commissioner: Amanda Vercoe

Amanda arrived in Suva in January 2015.  Prior to this she was based in Wellington working in the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs covering issues relating to Asia. 

Amanda has previously been posted to India, working on trade and economic issues and on secondment to the Australian Government in Canberra.

She is a graduate of the University of Otago, where she studied economics and law.  Amanda is married with a one year old son. 

Amanda enjoys playing netball, hiking and reading.


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