Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced diplomat Gabrielle Rush as New Zealand’s new Consul-General in Hong Kong; diplomat John Subritzky as New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Malaysia to be based in Kuala Lumpur; diplomat David Strachan as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to the Philippines; and diplomat Trevor Matheson as New Zealand’s new Ambassador to Indonesia.
Hong Kong is a dynamic city and is an important commercial and investment market for New Zealand companies. Ms Rush is an international lawyer and diplomat. She helped establish the New Zealand China Council following several years working in senior roles with the New Zealand International Business Forum and New Zealand United States Council. She has been posted to the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing and our High Commission in London.
Malaysia is an important political, trade and economic partner for New Zealand. It is our seventh-largest trading partner, with total goods trade exceeding $3 billion annually. The High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is also accredited to Brunei. Dr Subritzky has previously been posted to Jakarta and New Delhi and more recently was Director of the Chief Executive’s Office in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Philippines market is important for New Zealand. Last year New Zealand exported over $750 million of goods to the Philippines, and it is one of New Zealand’s top five markets for dairy products. Mr Strachan is currently Ambassador to Egypt and has previously served in Jakarta, Seoul, Port Moresby and Kuala Lumpur.
Indonesia is the largest country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and, with a population of more than 250 million, strong economic growth and a growing consumer population, it is also an important market for New Zealand companies. Dr Matheson is currently New Zealand’s Ambassador to Italy, and has had previous postings in Riyadh, Rarotonga, Canberra and Geneva.