New Zealand High Commission Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Who is in the High Commission

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

High Commissioner, Tony Fautua 

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, for the High Commission's public diplomacy and for supporting regional and multilateral engagement. She also manages the Head of Mission Fund for small development projects.  Nicci's previous posting was to the New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan.

Executive Assistant to the High Commissioner, Ms Natasha Fabila

Natasha's role primarily revolves around managing HOM’s calendar and organising appointments and functions. She also assists with other administrative tasks.  

Policy Adviser, Cynthia Duoribi

Administration Manager, Mrs Denise Ruha

Denise is responsible for managing the overall running of the Post by managing General Administration, Consular, Human Resource, Finance, Property, Post Technology and Security issues in order that the strategic priorities of the Post can be achieved.  She is required to maintain the effective running of the Post through management of others, analysis of situations, problem identification and resolution.

Development Counsellor Mr Jonathan Fletcher

Jonathan, like Nicci, started work on the 24th of June to fill a position that had been vacant for some time.  He has the overall responsibility for the New Zealand Aid Programme in Papua New Guinea.  Within the portfolio he leads the work on clean and renewable energy, the 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 the Work undertaken by VSA.  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, Tony Banks

Tony just joined the High Commission in September.  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).  He is also responsible for managing selected New Zealand development programs under implementation.

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

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

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

Viola works with civil society organisations and assists with New Zealand's education sector programmes. She joined the High Commission in September 2009.

Programme Coordinator (Scholarships), Ms Daphne Oevi

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

Team Administrator Schedules, Mrs Leonnie Ou

Leonnie is responsible for providing secretarial assistance to all seconded staff (excluding the HOM), making appointments, meeting arrangements, programme arrangements and providing general administration to help ensure the efficient and smooth running of the office. She is also responsible for the Reception area.

New Zealand Defence

Defence Advisor, 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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