Monday, 18 July 2022, Berlin, Germany: At Bellevue Palace, German Federal President, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier was delighted to receiving New Zealand’s new top envoy to Germany, Craig John Hawke, during an accreditation ceremony that took place in the saloon Langhanssaal, and was followed by a tête-à-tête focused on bilateral relations between the Head of State and Ambassador Hawke.
Craig Hawke arrived in Berlin after having served in the capacity as New Zealand Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York City between 2017 and 2021.
Before his UN assignment, Craig Hawke was Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and prior to the this, Deputy Secretary, International Development 2013-2014. In the latter role he was the Foreign Ministry’s Chief Adviser on Pacific and International Development Cooperation issues. He has held a variety of other roles within the Foreign Ministry including the one of Chief Operating Officer – International Development, and has headed the Multilateral and Humanitarian Division as well as the Pacific Division at the Foreign Ministry. He has also worked on Africa, Asia, and environmental issues during his prolific career.
His other offshore assignments have paramountly been focused on the Asia-Pacific region. For instance, he served in the capacity as Deputy Ambassador in the Independent State of Samoa, 1998-2001, and First Secretary at New Zealand’s Embassy in the Republic of Korea, 1993-1996. He served in the New Zealand Trade Minister’s Office as Private Secretary from 1997-1998, and was seconded to the Australian Foreign Ministry in 1991 working on trade and Latin American issues.
Ambassador Hawke holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and Economics from the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.
During his tenure in Germany, he will likewise serve as non-resident head of mission responsible for relations to the Czech Republic, the Swiss Confederation as well as the Principality of Liechtenstein. Accreditations to these countries will follow in due course.
For further information
Embassy of New Zealand to Germany, Czechia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/europe/germany/new-zealand-embassy/craig-hawke/
Image courtesy of the Embassy of New Zealand in Germany