Daniel Mellsop

New Zealand's High Commissioner to Canada

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Biography

Daniel Mellsop was appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada in February 2016. He is concurrently High Commissioner to Jamaica.

Daniel is a career diplomat. During his time in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade he has worked on a wide range of issues, from trade negotiations to counter-terrorism.  Previous appointments included postings to the New Zealand embassies in The Hague and Seoul. He also undertook a secondment to the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully.

Prior to taking up his appointment in Ottawa, Daniel was the Head of the International Branch at the Ministry of Defence.  The branch is responsible for providing policy advice to the government on international military deployments and other international defence engagements. As a senior official, Daniel was heavily involved in leading bilateral and multilateral defence diplomacy activities.

Daniel attended the University of Waikato in New Zealand where he studied Korean and Economics graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Management Studies with honours.

Daniel is joined in Ottawa by his partner Jane Hooker and two children. Daniel and his family are passionate about embracing the great Canadian outdoor lifestyle.