New Zealand High Commission Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Who is in the High Commission

The High Commission is staffed by a team of five staff from Wellington and 10 locally engaged staff.

High Commissioner, HE Tony Fautua 

Tony was appointed as High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea in April 2014 and presented his letter of introduction to Prime Minister Hon Peter O’Neill on 29 May 2014.  Tony has strong experience in the Pacific, having previously served in Niue and as New Zealand's special representative to Bougainville during the Bougainville Peace Process in 1999 - 2001.  Tony was most recently New Zealand's Ambassador to Timor-Leste.

Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Nicci Stilwell

Nicci started work as Deputy High Commissioner on the 24 June 2013.  Nicci is primarily responsible for supporting New Zealand's trade and economic relationship with PNG and for supporting regional and multilateral engagement. Nicci's previous posting was to the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan.

Executive Assistant to the High Commissioner, Ms Judith Kasimani

Judith's role primarily revolves around managing the High Commissioner's calendar and organising appointments and functions. She also assists with other administrative tasks.  

Policy Adviser, Ms Cynthia Duoribi

Cynthia supports the High Commission’s engagement with PNG government officials, local contacts and the business sector.  Her work includes conducting research and analysis and preparing reports and briefings , and supporting public diplomacy initiatives including through the use of social media. Cynthia also assists Denise with consular matters. Cynthia joined the High Commission team in March 2014. 

Administration Manager, Mrs Denise Ruha

Denise is responsible for ensuring the Post runs smoothly by overseeing the post's management including administration, consular, human resource, finance, property and security issues.

Development Counsellor Mr Jonathan Fletcher

Jonathan, like Nicci, started work on 24 June 2013. He has overall responsibility for managing the New Zealand Aid Programme in Papua New Guinea.  Within the aid portfolio he leads work on clean and renewable energy, the aid programme in Bougainville and work undertaken by the New Zealand Aid Programme’s regional activities in PNG.  This includes the scholarships programme, the Partnerships for Development activities and work undertaken by VSA [NZ NGO Volunteer Services Abroad].  Prior to this posting Jonathan was Principal Development Manager in the Sustainable Economic Development Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

First Secretary - Development, Mr Tony Banks

Tony joined the High Commission in September 2013.  His prime responsibility is leading the development and implementation of the New Zealand Aid Programme’s agricultural initiatives in PNG.  Tony is an experienced specialist in rural economic development.  Immediately prior to his posting to Port Moresby he was a Development Manager in the Sustainable Economic Development Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Senior Development Programme Co-ordinator (Agri-business), Mr James Aipale

James’s principal area of oversight is Agribusiness and he provides back up to Counsellor-Development on financial management, Bougainville Community Policing Programme (BCPP) and the Bougainville Governance & Implementation Fund (GIF). 

Development Programme Co-ordinator (Health), Mr Robert Turare

Robert’s responsibilities include civil society organisations, principally in Bougainville, and New Zealand’s disaster relief/emergency responses. He joined the High Commission in September 2009.

Programme Co-ordinator (Rural Economic Development), Ms Viola Digwaleu

Viola supports Jonathan in work on clean and renewable energy. She joined the High Commission in September 2009.

Programme Coordinator (Scholarships), Ms Daphne Oevi

Daphne's sole responsiblity is to manage scholarships under the New Zealand Aid programme.

Team Administrator Schedules, Mrs Leonnie Ou

Leonnie is responsible for providing secretarial assistance to all seconded staff (excluding the HOM), making appointments, meeting arrangements and vehicle bookings. 

New Zealand Defence

Defence Adviser, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas (Nick) Ang, RNZIR

Nick is responsible for liaison between the New Zealand Defence Force and the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and other PNG government agencies, and for providing advice to the High Commissioner and other staff with respect to defence and security issues. He has served in a number of roles including in four operational tours.  In the South Pacific region he has previously been posted to the Fiji Islands and to PNG. His PNG experiences include a posting as the New Zealand instructor at Igam Barracks in Lae, and as Commanding Officer of Teamsite Buin, in Southern Bougainville as part of the Peace Monitoring Group.  Nick is also accredited to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and performs similar roles with respect to those countries.

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