List of high commissioners of New Zealand to the United Kingdom

Sir Jerry Mateparae, former High Commissioner

The High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom is New Zealand's foremost diplomatic representative in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and in charge of New Zealand's diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom.


The High Commission of New Zealand is located in London, the United Kingdom's capital city. New Zealand has maintained a resident High Commissioner in the United Kingdom since 1905, and a resident Agent-General since 1871. The High Commissioner to the United Kingdom is concurrently accredited as High Commissioner to Nigeria.

The High Commissioner was formerly accredited as Ambassador of New Zealand to the Republic of Ireland, which is now a resident mission in Dublin since 2018.

As New Zealand was created as a part of the British Empire, its diplomatic relationship with the United Kingdom is its longest-standing; the position of High Commissioner in London pre-dates New Zealand's dominion status by two years, the Balfour Declaration of 1926 by 21 years, and the adoption of the Statute of Westminster of 1931 by 42 years. New Zealand appointed a High Commissioner to Canada in 1942, and a High Commissioner to Australia in 1943.

As fellow members of the Commonwealth of Nations, diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the United Kingdom are at governmental level, rather than between Heads of State, with member countries exchanging High Commissioners, rather than Ambassadors.

List of heads of mission

The following individuals have held the office:[1]

No. Name Portrait Term of office Monarch
1 Hon. Dr Isaac Earl Featherston - the first Agent-General for the Colony of New Zealand. Isaac Featherston.jpg March 1871 September 1876 Victoria
2 Rt Hon. Sir Julius Vogel Julius Vogel, ca 1870s.jpg September 1876 December 1880
3 Hon. Sir Dillon Bell Francis Dillon Bell 1881.jpg December 1880 September 1891
4 Sir Westby Perceval Westby Brook Perceval, 1890.jpg September 1891 December 1895
5 Hon. William Pember Reeves - the last Agent-General and the first High Commissioner for the Dominion of New Zealand. William Pember Reeves (crop).jpg December 1895 December 1908
Edward VII
6 Hon. Sir William Hall-Jones William Hall-Jones 2.jpg December 1908 August 1912
George V
7 Rt Hon. Sir Thomas Mackenzie Thomas Mackenzie.jpg August 1912 August 1920
8 Hon. Sir James Allen James Allen portrait.jpg August 1920 January 1926
9 Hon. Sir James Parr James Parr.jpg January 1926 1930
10 Hon. Sir Thomas Wilford Thomas Wilford, 1928.jpg 1930 1935
(9) Hon. Sir James Parr James Parr.jpg 1935 September 1936
Edward VIII
11 Rt Hon. Sir Bill Jordan William Joseph Jordan.jpg September 1936 September 1951
George VI
12 Hon. Sir Frederick Doidge Frederick Doidge.jpg September 1951 January 1955
Elizabeth II
13 Hon. Sir Clifton Webb Clifton Webb.jpg January 1955 April 1958
- Dr Richard Mitchelson Campbell
No image.png April 1958 September 1958
- George Laking
George Laking.jpg September 1958 March 1961
14 Hon. Sir Thomas Macdonald Thomas Lachlan Macdonald.jpg March 1961 May 1968
15 Sir Denis Blundell Sir Denis Blundell.jpg May 1968 August 1972
- Merwyn Norrish
No image.png August 1972 15 March 1973
16 Hon. Sir Terry McCombs Terry McCombs.jpg 15 March 1973 22 March 1975
17 Rt Hon. Hugh Watt Hugh Watt.jpg 22 March 1975 21 June 1976
18 Hon. Sir Douglas Carter Douglas Carter.jpg 21 June 1976 16 July 1979
19 Hon. Les Gandar No image.png 16 July 1979 27 September 1982
20 Hon. Bill Young Bill Young.jpg 27 September 1982 21 February 1985
21 Hon. Joe Walding Joe Walding.jpg 21 February 1985 5 June 1985†
22 Bryce Harland No image.png 15 October 1985 3 June 1991
23 Hon. George Gair George Gair.jpg 3 June 1991 April 1994
24 John Collinge No image.png April 1994 1 May 1997
25 Richard Grant No image.png 1 May 1997 1999
26 Rt Hon. Paul East Paul East crop.jpg 4 January 1999 4 January 2002
27 Hon. Russell Marshall Russell Marshall, 2017.jpg 4 January 2002 4 January 2005
28 Rt Hon. Jonathan Hunt Jonathan Hunt.jpg 2005 2008
29 Derek Leask Derek Leask.jpg March 2008 February 2013
30 Rt Hon. Sir Lockwood Smith Lockwood Smith 70th Anniversary of the arrival of US Forces in New Zealand.jpg 25 March 2013 24 March 2017
31 Rt Hon. Sir Jerry Mateparae Jerry Mateparae official photo (cropped).jpg 24 March 2017 April 2020
32 Bede Corry No image.png April 2020 Incumbent

See also


  1. ^ "Heads of Missions List: U". New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 8 July 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2006.

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