Tuesday, May 17, 2022

New High Commissioner to Solomon Islands appointed

Jonathan Schwass has been announced as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.

Mr Schwass (pictured) has previously served as Deputy High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.

“Alongside our Pacific neighbours, New Zealand remains committed to supporting stability in Solomon Islands and promoting a peaceful and secure Pacific region. We know ensuring strong diplomatic relationships is more important than ever as we continue to address the need for cooperation and cohesion across the region,” said Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta.

“Together our countries will continue to work together to weather the profound challenges that face our region, as we have through COVID-19 and last year’s unrest in Honiara. Mr Schwass is well placed to represent New Zealand in this work.”

Mr Schwass was most recently Unit Manager in the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and recently returned from four years as High Commissioner to Vanuatu. He has also served as Ambassador to Timor-Leste and Deputy High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.

He is also a former Unit Manager of the South East Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and has been a Special Adviser in the Ministry’s Asia-Pacific Regional Integration Division as well as a Senior Policy Officer in the South East Asia Division.

Mr Schwass will take up his position this month.

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