27 Nov 2012

NZ appoints new High Commissioners to Samoa and Tonga

1:57 pm on 27 November 2012

A former director with the New Zealand Aid Programme, Jackie Frizelle, has been appointed New Zealand's High Commissioner to Samoa.

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the career diplomat has extensive experience in the Pacific and will bring an impressive mix of strategic and practical skills to her new role.

Mr McCully has also appointed another career diplomat, Mark Talbot, as High Commissioner to Tonga.

Mr Talbot is currently at the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra and previously served at New Zealand's mission to the European Union.

Mr McCully has praised Mr Talbot's trade negotiations skills and Pacific Islands Forum experience.