Mary Thurston

Mary Thurston

Chargée d’Affaires a.i. to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia

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Mary Thurston is currently Chargée d’Affaires ad interim at the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok. She served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to Poland, cross-accredited to Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia, from July 2017 until August 2021. 

Mary is a career diplomat whose earlier offshore postings include Singapore and Solomon Islands.  In Wellington she has worked on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement negotiations and on bilateral relations with Vanuatu and the French Pacific Territories. Before becoming a diplomat, Mary was a teacher and Head of Modern Languages Department in secondary schools in the United Kingdom.

Mary has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English and Modern Languages (French) from Oxford University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from York University.  She speaks French, Spanish and Solomon Islands Pijin, and learned conversational Polish during her most recent assignment.

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