New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

Who is in the High Commission

Acting Head of Mission, Mark Ramsden

Acting Head of Mission: Mr Mark Ramsden

Trade Commissioner: Mr Peter Lund 

First Secretary & Consul: Mr Jeffrey Mathews

First Secretary: Mr Willy Morrell (Bilateral Development) & Dr Helen Leslie (Regional Development Programme)

Second Secretary: Ms Sally Page

Immigration Managers: Ms Chris Park, Ms Donna Andrews

 

Brief Profile

Acting Head of Mission: 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.

Trade Commissioner: Peter Lund

Peter arrived in Suva in June 2010. Prior to this, he was based in Wellington where looked after the implementation of the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement and the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area. Peter has previously been posted to Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Korea.

He is a graduate of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, where he studied political science and history.

Peter enjoys hiking, reading, jazz music and movies.

 

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