Sir Jerry Mateparae

New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Sir Jerry

Biography

The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO, KStJ is the current and 27th New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Prior to his appointment, he served as New Zealand’s 20th Governor General. Previously, he has worked at senior levels in the New Zealand public service and military.

Sir Jerry Mateparae was born in Whanganui in 1954. Of Māori descent, his tribal affiliations are to Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Kahungunu. He also has links to Tūhoe and tribes in the upper Whanganui.

He enlisted into the Regular Force of the New Zealand Army as a soldier in 1972 , and later went on to command the New Zealand Army as Chief of Army in 2002, and the New Zealand Defence Force as Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force with the rank of Lieutenant General in 2006.  Retiring from the New Zealand Defence Force in January 2011, he was appointed as Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau. 

Sir Jerry Mateparae is a graduate of the British Army Staff College (1989), the Australian Joint Service Staff College (1995) and the Royal College of Defence Studies (1999).  He has a Master of Arts with First Class Honours from the University of Waikato, and was recognised by that University as one of its distinguished alumni in 2009. In May 2011, Sir Jerry received an honorary doctorate from Massey University.  He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management. 

He was awarded Singapore's highest military award, the Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera) [Distinguished Service Order (Military)], from the President of Singapore, S R Nathan, in May 2011.  In June that year, at Buckingham Palace, he was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of New Zealand as a Grand Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.  At the same time he became a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order. 

Honours and Awards:

New Zealand    Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit  2011

New Zealand    Companion of the Queen’s Service Order  2011

New Zealand    Knight of Justice of the Order of St John  2011

Singapore        Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera)  2011

Tonga              Knight Grand Cross Order of Tonga 2015

Timor-Leste      Grande Colar de Timor-Leste  2016

He is married to Lady Janine Elizabeth Mateparae and they have five children.