HE Dr Jonathan Austin

New Zealand's High Commissioner

Austin Jonathan


Jonathan Austin became New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore in February 2016.  Prior to moving to Singapore he was Director, Intelligence and Assessment (and head of the National Assessments Bureau) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Wellington.  His previous career was in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, most recently as Director-General of the Middle East and Africa Division. 

From 2010 to 2012 he was New Zealand High Commissioner to the Kingdom of Tonga.  This followed secondments as Senior Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Murray McCully, and two years in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands where he was Deputy Special Coordinator and New Zealand’s senior representative.

Earlier diplomatic postings have included South Africa (including responsibility for Zimbabwe), New Zealand Representative, and subsequently Consul-General, in East Timor and a posting in Tonga.  In Wellington he has worked on UN issues, Indonesia and Europe strategy.

Dr Austin was educated in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  He is married with two young daughters.