Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Asia New Zealand Foundation in the 21st Century

Guest Speaker: Mr John McKinnon
Executive Director

Event Date: Tuesday 5th March 2013
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, HP Tower, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington, 6011.

Please note no building access after 6pm.

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John McKinnon has been a diplomat and government official for most of his working life. Mr McKinnon joined the then Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 1974 and was posted to China as a second secretary in 1978, following two years Chinese language training in Hong Kong. Following his return to New Zealand from China in 1980, Mr McKinnon was assigned to the Asian Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He later worked on secondment with Fletcher Challenge for a year. John McKinnon’s subsequent postings in the diplomatic service were to Washington (1985-1986), Canberra (1986-1990) and New York (1992-1995), the last as Deputy Permanent Representative during New Zealand’s term on the United Nations Security Council. In 1995 John McKinnon moved to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as Director of the External Assessments Bureau. On finishing in that position, Mr McKinnon was appointed New Zealand’s Ambassador to China and to Mongolia. He was stationed in Beijing from February 2001 to November 2004. He returned from Beijing to be a Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, responsible for New Zealand’s relations with Asia and the Americas. Mr McKinnon took up the position of Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence in December 2006. During his time in that role the New Zealand Government published the Defence White Paper 2010. In March 2012 it was announced that John McKinnon would be Executive Director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation. He took up this role in December 2012.

Bell Gully

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