Annette King appointed High Commissioner to Australia

This is a predicted and I think widely applauded diplomatic appointment.

Beehive: New High Commissioner to Australia announced

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Dame Annette King as High Commissioner to Australia.

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters.

“As High Commissioner Dame Annette will be working on one of New Zealand’s most significant relationships. The Trans-Tasman bond is exceptionally strong however the relationship is not something we take for granted, and the new High Commissioner will be tasked with keeping the connections strong,” he said.

“The new appointment is notable because Dame Annette is a former MP on a diplomatic posting. In this sense she is an exception. Of the 25 Head of Mission appointments announced this year all have been career diplomats.”

Dame Annette is expected to start her High Commissioner duties at the end of the year.

She should do a good job diplomatically connecting New Zealand to Australia.

There is a funny side to this, as Peters has blasted the appointing of ex-politicians to diplomatic posts.

In 2016 (NZ Herald):  Winston Peters takes swipe at ‘brorocracy’ of diplomatic appointments

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has promised to order “unsuitable” political appointees to return home from diplomatic posts if the party holds the balance of power next year.

In a speech to students at Victoria University today, Mr Peters attacked the “brorocracy” of recent diplomatic appointments.

“As an example of how meritocracy has been abandoned in favour of a mainly white brorocracy look no further than how some of our high commissioners and ambassadors are being appointed.

“This is not to say that some of the people we have sent offshore haven’t been the best choice, or not done excellent service, but some have not been the wisest choice.

“Many have represented an insult to foreign affairs, leaving their posts with absolutely nothing to show, but deterioration in our international relationship with that country.”

Mr Peters went on to say that a political appointee should be “the absolute exception”, and if any future appointments were made that the party regards as unsuitable, it would order that appointee home should it hold the balance of power after next year’s election.

I guess he can say that Annette King is an absolute exception. And she is not a bro.

She may well be as New Zealand’s High Commissioner in Australia.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Noel

     /  November 15, 2018

    If King puts the effort into that appointment as she did when she was an MP could be one of the few successful political to diplomatic appointments made.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 16, 2018

      Jim Bolger and Lockwood Smith spring to mind as other successful ambassadors & high commissioners.

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  2. robertguyton

     /  November 15, 2018

    Winston blasted “inappropriate” appointments, such as those National made. Annette King’s appointment is an appropriate one.

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    • He blasted ex-politician appointments.

      It’s funny seeing you defending him.

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      • robertguyton

         /  November 15, 2018

        Winston said:
        ““This is not to say that some of the people we have sent offshore haven’t been the best choice, or not done excellent service, but some have not been the wisest choice.”
        The funny thing is the way your prejudice corrupts your reading comprehension, Pete.

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        • Gezza

           /  November 15, 2018

          Well, no – PG’s correct. That 2016 comment is a classic Petersian. He criticises inappropriate appointments of former politicians without identifying any and saying why they were inappropriate. So it’s a classic generalised Petersian Smear that he can ignore whenever he wants to champion the appointment of a “friendly” politician himself. As he’s running a coalition with Labour MPs, he can now happily champion appointing any former politician he wants to – and say they’re appropriate. Why we insist on letting former Cabinet Ministers from any Party continue to suck on the public teat after they’ve gotten enuf out of the public purse already is beyond me.

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          • Gezza

             /  November 15, 2018

            It was interesting watching a 1ewes at 6 item on Winston at the opening of the New Zealand Embassy in Ireland the other day though. His behaviour with the local dignitaries was impeccable and he was going down well everywhere. Ma’s like me – she doesn’t like or trust Peters, but we agreed, while watching him, that when he goes offshore as our Foreign Minister he always does a good, professional job of work.

            https://www.beehive.govt.nz/speech/opening-new-zealand-embassy-dublin-ireland

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          • robertguyton

             /  November 15, 2018

            Well… “we” don’t “insist” on letting former etc…
            Good reasons for appointing worthy ex-MPs must surely be…their experience in such matters: an ability to speak well, familiarity with the ins and outs of governing, their age, etc. Just because National appointed hopeless ex-MPs to such roles doesn’t mean the present Government should refrain from doing the sensible thing.

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            • Gezza

               /  November 15, 2018

              You can’t just make up the job requirements to suit your own biases & prejudices at the time you want to employ them robert. Sit down please.

            • robertguyton

               /  November 15, 2018

              I can’t? I can, but I’m guessing you mean Government’s shouldn’t but of course, they do, as evidenced by the last National Government. This Government might do it also, for all I know, meaning they can.

            • Gezza

               /  November 15, 2018

              I hope you were at least sitting down when you wrote that. ☝

  3. Bill Brown

     /  November 16, 2018

    I wonder how long until Winston decides to a High Commissioner role somewhere ?

    Then a Knighthood to cap off a brilliant end to a career in serving NZ

    Oh that’s right – not until he’s finished jerking NZ with his MMP

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    • So what’s up with Cam?

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    • Gezza

       /  November 16, 2018

      Then a Knighthood to cap off a brilliant end to a career in serving NZ

      I don’t even like that man, but he’s been a dominating force in NZ politics for most of his 37 years in Parliament. In his stints as Foreign Minister he always (in my opinion) does a very good job of representing both New Zealand and the government of the day. The man’s the only Privy Councillor in our Parliament. When he retires I have absolutely no doubt he will receive a knighthood.

      And I will be the first to applaud it as well-earned.

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      • Bill Brown

         /  November 16, 2018

        I once agreed with you …… I just find this last hurrah a little hard to take

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        • Gezza

           /  November 16, 2018

          Harden up 💪 & stop ya bloody whingeing ! >:D

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          • Bill Brown

             /  November 16, 2018

            Haha.

            I’m watching NZ slip backwards (my view) when we could be doing so much better

            Jacindamania is not my thing

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            • Gezza

               /  November 16, 2018

              Farkinel, Bill! 😡
              It’s not bloody mine either – but you don’t see me bawling about it online !

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