Charge d'Affaires a.i.
Peter Rider was appointed Charge d'Affaires a.i. in Bangkok in August 2017. He is concurrently also Charge d'Affaires a.i. to Cambodia and Lao PDR.
Peter was a career diplomat until his retirement in 2015. During his time in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade he worked on a wide range of issues, from disarmament and environmental negotiations to human rights and Middle Eastern issues.
Previous appointments included postings to the New Zealand Embassy in Riyadh and Permanent Missions in Geneva and New York. From 2000-2002 Peter was Foreign Policy Adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, supporting Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Peter was Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar from 2003-2006; and Ambassador to Germany from 2010-2014. Returning to Wellington after that assignment he managed the Gallipoli 100 commemorations in Turkey on behalf of the Ministry.
Peter attended Auckland University where he studied physics and philosophy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Philosophy.
Peter is joined in Bangkok by his wife Louise. Returning to Thailand after 12 years has been an unexpected opportunity to renew friendships with Thai and expatriate colleagues, as well as delve further into Thai culture – and of course Thai cuisine.