New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy

Who is in the Embassy

Ambassador Patrick John Rata

H.E. Patrick John Rata


Patrick John Rata is New Zealand Ambassador to Italy.  He presented his credentials to the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, on 25 February 2015.

Ambassador Rata will also hold cross-accreditations to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Malta, San Marino, Serbia, and Montenegro.  He is Permanent Representative to the FAO, IFAD and WFP.

Ambassador Rata previously served as New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.  A career diplomat, his career has had a particular focus on multilateral issues, with postings to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he worked on UN Security Council issues and was also elected Vice Chair of the UN Third Committee, and London, where he covered Commonwealth issues.

Ambassador Rata has also had a separate career in the trade field, working for ten years as a senior official at the World Trade Organization, including as Chief du Cabinet in the Director-General's office in 2002.

Ambassador Rata attended Auckland University where he received a Master of Arts (First Class) degree.  His wife, Karen Lee Rata, is a lawyer working at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  They have two children.  Ambassador Rata's interests include music and sport.

Deputy Head of Mission: Ms Anthe Crawley

Counsellor (Primary Industries): Mr. Matthew Hooper

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