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Meet Patrick Rata, NZ's Upcoming High Commissioner To India

Patrick Rata to be the next High Commissioner to India

In a significant move, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has unveiled four new diplomatic appointments, underlining the pivotal role played by diplomats in advancing and safeguarding New Zealand's interests worldwide.

"Our diplomats are crucial in promoting and protecting New Zealand's interests globally," remarked Mr. Peters. "We are delighted to appoint seasoned diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these crucial roles."

Highlighting the importance of New Zealand's relationship with Australia, Mr. Peters reaffirmed the government's commitment to enhancing ties in South Asia.

The appointments are as follows:

  • Andrew Needs as the High Commissioner to Australia.
  • Patrick Rata as the High Commissioner to India.
  • Mark Trainor as the Ambassador to Russia.
  • David Pine as the High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.


These appointments signify New Zealand's dedication to strengthening diplomatic relations with key partners and ensuring effective representation on the international stage.

Career diplomat Patrick John Rata, currently serving as Acting High Commissioner in Colombo, will assume the role of New Zealand's High Commissioner to India. He is expected to depart for New Delhi shortly.

In his new position, Mr. Rata will also serve as the Non-Resident High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Ambassador to Nepal. David Pine, the current High Commissioner in New Delhi since July 2020, will relocate to Colombo as the new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

Mr. Rata's appointment comes at a critical juncture in New Zealand's relationship with India, which is experiencing rapid economic growth and is poised to become the world's third-largest economy by 2030. His strong trade negotiation skills will be invaluable in navigating this important relationship.

Mr. Peters recently visited India, followed by Trade Minister Todd McClay in December, underscoring New Zealand's commitment to enhancing political, trade, economic, social, and cultural ties with India.

Mr. Rata has a background in multilateral issues. He has served as New Zealand's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and Italy and is accredited to nine other countries. He has also held positions at the World Trade Organization and the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and London.

Mr. Rata, a postgraduate of the University of Auckland, is married to Karen Lee Rata, a lawyer at the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland, and they have two children.


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