New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

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New Zealand Ambassador H.E. Dr Trevor Donald Matheson

H.E. DR. TREVOR DONALD MATHESON
New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia

OVERVIEW

Ambassador Matheson is a career diplomat who joined the New Zealand diplomatic service in 1986.  Dr Matheson is currently New Zealand’s Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.  Prior to taking up his appointment in Jakarta in January 2015 he was Ambassador to Italy with cross accreditations to ten other Mediterranean and Balkan states, and concurrently Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international agencies in Rome.  Dr Matheson has also served as New Zealand Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia resident in Riyadh and non-resident Ambassador to the Gulf Cooperation Council states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.  He has been a private secretary and diplomatic adviser to various New Zealand ministers of trade and state, and earlier in his career had diplomatic postings in Geneva, Canberra, and Rarotonga.  Ambassador Matheson is a social science graduate of the University of Waikato in New Zealand and holds a PhD in human geography from the Australian National University in Canberra.  He has Cook Islands, French Polynesian and Scottish ancestry.

DIPLOMATIC CAREER

2015 – Present  Ambassador of New Zealand to the Republic of Indonesia resident in Jakarta.

2011 – 2014      Ambassador of New Zealand to the Republic of Italy based in Rome with non-resident cross accreditations to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia FYR, Malta, Montenegro, San Marino and Serbia.  Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations (FAO, WFP, IFAD) and other international agencies in Rome.

2007 -2010       Ambassador of New Zealand to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia resident in Riyadh with non-resident cross accreditations to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

2006                 Deputy Director, Australia Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington.

2005 – 2006      Private Secretary to the Minister of Trade, Minister for Trade Negotiations and Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control while concurrently Private Secretary to the Minister of State, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

2003 – 2005      Private Secretary to the Minister for Trade Negotiations, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

1999 – 2003      Counsellor (WTO – Agriculture/Market Access), New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations and World Trade Organization in Geneva

1995 – 1999       First Secretary (CER) then Counsellor, New Zealand High Commission, Canberra.

1991 – 1994  Senior Policy Officer and Non-Agriculture Market Access (GATT – NAMA) Negotiator, Multilateral Trade Division, Ministry of External Relations and Trade, Wellington.

1988 – 1991  Second Secretary then First Secretary, and Deputy Representative, Office of the New Zealand Representative to the Cook Islands, Rarotonga.

1987 - 1988 Programme Manager (Micronesia and Shipping) External Aid Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington.

1986 - 1987 Diplomatic recruit and Desk Officer (Melanesia and Pacific Regional), South Pacific Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington.

BIOGRAPHIC DATA

DATE/PLACE OF BIRTH 16 August 1956 / Rotorua, New Zealand

QUALIFICATIONS         BSocSc from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, 1978; MSocSc (Hons) in geography from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, 1981; PhD in human geography from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia, 1987

MEMBERSHIPS             Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS)

LANGUAGES                English, working knowledge of Italian and Cook Island Māori, basic knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia, French, Arabic and Thai.

PREVIOUS WORK        Senior Geography Teacher (Relieving), Rotorua Lakes High School, Rotorua, 1981

BASIC EDUCATION      Educated in Rotorua, New Zealand at Western Heights High School, Kaitao Intermediate, Sunset Intermediate and Western Heights Primary School

INTEREST                   Travel, walking, gardening, flying, food and cuisine, golf, rugby and horse racing

MARITAL                     Dr Matheson is married to Nuannit (“Nid”) Matheson.

 

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