Peter Kell

New Zealand Ambassador Designate to the Philippines

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Biography

Peter Kell is the New Zealand Ambassador-designate to the Philippines. He was the Deputy Head of Mission and Consul General at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo from February 2015 to April 2019 and Acting Ambassador from April to July 2019. Before that, he served in Wellington for five years in the Human Resources Division and Chief Executive’s Office before undertaking a secondment to the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. His last role in Wellington was as Principal Adviser to the Deputy Secretary of the Americas and Asia Group. He has also served in Honiara, London and twice before in Tokyo. 

He is a graduate of Kyoto University and Victoria University of Wellington. Before taking up his assignment in Manila, he spent three months on intensive Filipino language training.

His interests include singing, playing guitar, fencing and karate. He is married to Riko a Japanese National, and they have two teenaged sons.