Kevin Burnett

New Zealand's Consul-General to Honolulu

Kevin Burnett


Kevin works at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is currently preparing for his posting as the Consul-General in Honolulu and Ambassador to the North Pacific States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau.

Kevin is a public servant with experience across a number of agencies. He has held roles in the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice. He was the Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from March 2015 to January 2019. In February 2019, he took up a secondment as Principal Adviser to the Chief Executive in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Before joining the public sector, Kevin served in the New Zealand Army. He held a range of operational, regimental, staff, instructional and representational appointments, including command of the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, and the Army Training Group. Kevin has undertaken three operational tours – in the Sinai, Bosnia and East Timor; and completed two representational postings – in the US and Thailand. Kevin retired from the military after more than 35 years’ service. He spent a year in the private sector as the business manager for a Wellington-based project management company before joining the public service.

Kevin was made an Additional Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the 2000 Queens Birthday Honours for his role in leading military operations in East Timor.

Kevin is married to Catherine and they have three adult sons.