List of High Commissioners of New Zealand to India

List of High Commissioners of New Zealand to India

The New Zealand High Commissioner to India is New Zealand's foremost diplomatic representative in the Republic of India, and in charge of New Zealand's diplomatic mission in India.

The High Commission is located in New Delhi, India's capital city. New Zealand has maintained a resident High Commissioner in India since 1970, except for a period from 1982 until 1985. The Ambassador to India is concurrently accredited to Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

As fellow members of the Commonwealth of Nations, diplomatic relations between New Zealand and India are at governmental level, rather than between Heads of State. Thus, the countries exchange High Commissioners, rather than ambassadors.


List of heads of mission

High Commissioners to India

Resident High Commissioners

  • Bill Challis[1] (1958–1960)
  • Sir Guy Powles (1960–1963)
  • F H T de Malmanche (1963–1965)
  • J E Farrell (1965–1968)
  • Brian Lendrum (1968–1971)

Post vacant (1971–1972)

  • Rex Cunninghame (1972–1975)
  • Colin Aikman (1975–1979)
  • Don Harper (1979–1981)
  • Barry Brooks (1981–1982)

Non-resident High Commissioners, resident in Wellington

  • Barry Brooks (1982–1983)
  • David McDowell (1983–1985)

Resident High Commissioners

  • Sir Edmund Hillary (1985–1989)
  • Priscilla Williams (1989–1993)
  • Nick Bridge (1993–1997)
  • Adrian Simcock (1997–2001)
  • Caroline McDonald (2001–2004)
  • Graeme Waters (2004–2007)
  • Rupert Holborow (2007-2011)
  • Jan Henderson (2011- )


  1. ^ Acting High Commissioner only.


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