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

From the Archipelago to the Mainland: a personal observation on NZ’s future in South East Asia

Guest Speaker: Reuben Levermore
Special Adviser, International Development Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Event Date: Tuesday 22nd March 2016
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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rRLReuben Levermore is presently the Special Adviser to the International Development Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington.

Reuben served as New Zealand Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR from August 2014 until November 2015.  Prior to that, he served as New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines from February 2012 until August 2014.

He was trade negotiations adviser to New Zealand Trade Minister Hon. Tim Groser from March 2009 until November 2011.  Reuben has also worked in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on multilateral trade negotiations, and was posted to the New Zealand Mission to the European Union in Brussels.

Reuben has also worked as a financial markets advocate in the City of London, representing the bond trading desks of major international investment banks in the European Government Bond markets.

He holds a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelors degree in Arts, majoring in political studies, from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.


  • August 2014 – November 2015 Ambassador, New Zealand Embassy, Bangkok
  • January 2012 – August 2014 Ambassador, New Zealand Embassy, Manila
  • 2009 –2011 Private Secretary to Hon. Tim Groser, New Zealand Minister of Trade
  • 2007 –2009 Director, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, London, UK
  • 2005 –2006 New Zealand Negotiator for Intellectual Property in WTO Doha Round of negotiations, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2002 –2005 Second Secretary, New Zealand Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2001  Australia Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1999 – 2000 Trade Negotiations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, New Zealand


Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Bachelor of Arts (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)


Bell Gully

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