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Former Taupo men representing New Zealand on world stage

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The appointment of two former Taupō men to senior roles within Foreign Affairs is testament to the quality of people the district produces, says Mayor David Trewavas.

In August last year, Craig Hawke was appointed by the then Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee as a permanent representative to the New Zealand permanent mission to the United Nations in New York. Earlier this month, Foreign Minister Winston Peters appointed Matthew Hawkins as New Zealand’s next ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

Mr Hawke had worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 1989, including as acting chief executive and deputy secretary, international development and head of the New Zealand development and humanitarian programme. His role now is to lead New Zealand’s ongoing efforts to help make the United Nations more effective and relevant, including the small states and those in the Pacific.

Mr Hawkins has been the unit manager of the Middle East and Africa division and has had previous experience in New Zealand embassies in Addis Ababa, Washington DC and Tehran.

"These two men were both educated in Taupō and have excelled in their fields," said Mr Trewavas. "It goes to show that regional New Zealand, and more importantly the Taupō District, can produce quality, career professionals that can excel on the international stage. I congratulate them both on their achievements."

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