Monday, June 24, 2024

Diplomatic trio announced

Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta today announced three diplomatic appointments:

  • Alana Hudson as Ambassador to Poland
  • John Riley as Consul-General to Hong Kong
  • Stephen Wong (pictured) as Consul-General to Shanghai


“New Zealand’s relationship with Poland is built on enduring personal, economic and historical connections. Poland is also an important partner for New Zealand in the European Union, and our FTA with the EU, currently under negotiation, will provide a good basis to strengthen our relationship,” Minister Mahuta said.

Ms Hudson is a career diplomat, who has had previous postings in Belgium and Switzerland.

Hong Kong

“New Zealand’s engagement with the authorities and people of Hong Kong is greatly important to us,” Ms Mahuta said.

“As I have said previously, New Zealand has been concerned by developments in recent months and is committed to supporting the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.”   

Mr Riley has had previous postings in Korea and the United Kingdom.


“Shanghai is China’s commercial and financial centre and most populous city. It is also home to a large New Zealand business community, and is a vital market for our exports, tourism and education,” Ms Mahuta said.

Mr Wong most recently served as Consul-General in Chengdu. He has also had previous postings in Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia.

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