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Ambassador Clare Fearnley
Clare Fearnley took up the role of New Zealand's ambassador to China in May 2018, cross-accredited to Mongolia. She had just completed a three-year term as ambassador in Seoul, 2015 to 2017, cross-accredited to Pyongyang.
Clare's earlier off-shore roles include consul-general in Shanghai, 1998 to 2002, and head of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei, 2004 to 2007.
Clare had previously worked at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, 1993 to 1996, cross-accredited to the United Nations office in Nairobi. Early in her career she was seconded to the Canadian foreign ministry (1992).
While working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington, Clare was most recently director-general for north Asia and, before that, director-general for Asia-Pacific regional work. She has served as Apec and Asean senior official, as well as acting as principal legal adviser and head of the trade law unit, where she led international trade litigation, including cases in the WTO. Earlier in her career, her ministry roles included deputy director-general of trade negotiations.
Before joining the ministry, Clare worked in the private sector in Asia.
Clare has arts and law degrees from the University of Canterbury. She is a Mandarin speaker, and studied at Beijing University and at the Beijing Languages Institute in the 1980s.
Consul-General Stephen Wong
Since January 2019, Stephen Wong has served as New Zealand's consul-general in Chengdu, covering south-west China.
Stephen is a career diplomat. During his time in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he has worked on a wide range of issues, including international trade law and disarmament, and New Zealand’s relationships in north and south-east Asia. He has previously been posted to Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Myanmar.
Stephen also undertook a secondment to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) secretariat in Singapore, supporting the forum’s trade and economic liberalisation programme.
Stephen attended the University of Waikato, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts majoring in political science, and he has been admitted to practice as a lawyer. He speaks Cantonese and has been trained in Mandarin Chinese.
Stephen is accompanied on this posting by his wife and two children.
Consul-General Rebekah Mawson
Rebekah Mawson was appointed as New Zealand's consul-general in Guangzhou in August 2019.
Rebekah joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2005, and most recently served as economic counsellor at the New Zealand embassy in Beijing. She has also worked at the New Zealand embassy in Washington DC, in divisions responsible for New Zealand's trade negotiations and bilateral relationship with Australia, and in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on secondment.
Rebekah has arts and law honours degrees from Victoria University of Wellington. She speaks Mandarin and is married with two children.
Consul-General Stephanie Lee
Stephanie Lee returns to Hong Kong after a posting as deputy consul-general from 1997 to 2000. Stephanie was New Zealand's first dedicated ambassador to Asean in Jakarta, 2014 to 2018, and before that ambassador and deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in New York.
Stephanie has extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy, particularly as a climate change negotiator, and has served as deputy permanent representative to the OECD. She has also worked on Apec issues and as private secretary to the minister for disarmament and development aid.
Consul-General Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson took up the role of New Zealand's consul-general in Shanghai in January 2019. Before his current appointment, Andrew was a lead advisor at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington.
Andrew’s most recent roles have been in the team planning New Zealand’s next host year for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) in 2021, and in the leadership team for New Zealand’s last term on the United Nations security council from 2015 to 2016. He had previously been posted to the New Zealand embassy in Beijing from 2011 to 2013.
Before joining the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Andrew worked in the private sector as a commercial lawyer specialising in antitrust law.
Andrew was educated at the University of Auckland, and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in international relations. He has also completed a Mandarin language training course at Taiwan National University.