Martin Harvey

New Zealand's High Commissioner to Canada

Martin Harvey

Biography

Martin Harvey will take up his role as High Commissioner on 17 January 2020. 

Previously he was Chief Negotiator in the Trade and Economic Group of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, responsible for New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the European Union.

Mr Harvey joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984 and has served in Canberra (1987-90), in Geneva as New Zealand Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO (1995-98), and as New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore (2008 to 2010).  From 2010 to 2012, he was Director of the Europe Division, and from 2012 to 2017 he was Divisional Manager for Trade Negotiations.

From 2004 to 2007, Mr Harvey was Chief Negotiator for New Zealand’s FTAs with ASEAN and Malaysia and also led negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council from 2007 to 2009.  From 2012 to 14, he was Chief Negotiator for the Korea-New Zealand FTA.

Mr Harvey has also enjoyed a number of other assignments during his career.  He was seconded to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985 and to the Institute of Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in 1986.  He worked on climate change issues in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2001-2002, including New Zealand’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.  He was a senior manager in the New Zealand Climate Change Office of the Ministry for the Environment from 2003 to 2004.

Martin Harvey was a New Zealand United World College scholar, attending Lester B Pearson College of the Pacific in British Columbia, Canada, from 1976 to 1978.  He is a graduate of Massey University in Palmerston North, where he completed a Bachelor of Business Studies in 1981, and the University of Auckland, gaining a Master of Philosophy in economics in 1983.

Mr Harvey is married with three adult children.