Wednesday 21 November 2018


Guest Speaker: John McKinnon

Former New Zealand Ambassador to China
John McKinnon was educated at Nelson College, Victoria University of Wellington and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He joined the then Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May 1974. In 1975 he was sent to Hong Kong to undertake two years of Chinese language training, following which he was assigned to the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing as second secretary.

His subsequent overseas assignments were in Washington, Canberra and New York (this last in the 1990s when New Zealand was serving a term on the United Nations Security Council). John McKinnon was the Director of the External Assessments Bureau in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet form 1995 to 2000.

John McKinnon served twice as New Zealand ambassador to China and Mongolia, the first time from 2001 to 2004; the second time from 2015 to 2018. In between these two postings he was successively a deputy secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Secretary of Defence and Executive Director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation. John McKinnon is now a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University.

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The Northern Club
19 Princes St, Auckland
Wednesday 21 November, 2018
12:00 Noon - AGM
12:30pm - Lunch with Martin Thomson (NZCTA Chairman) & John McKinnon

Papers will be available October 19, 2018

Registrations are open.

Registration Options

NZ$80.00 (incl. GST)

NZ$98.00 (incl. GST)