The Ambassador

The Ambassador


    Education: M.A. International Relations, Haifa University

    Mr Livne is fluent in Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese


    Meet the Ambassador​ (18/07/2013)

    Shabbat Shalom from the Ambassador​ (02/08/2013)

    The Ambassador recounts a personal story (06/08/2013) 

    Ambassador Livne's address at Embassy Official Reception​ (27/08/2013) 

    Hon Chris Finlayson's address at Embassy Official Reception​ (27/08/2013) 

    Ambassador's Update (24/10/2013)


    Israel's man in New Zealand​ (06/08/2013)

    Ambassador meets the King of Tonga​ (13/11/2013)

    On Remembrance and Boycott: Thoughts and Sentiments​ (31/01/2014)

    NZ Initiative​ (July 2013)
    Hanukah in the Park​ (December 2013)
    Hanukah in the Square​ (December 2013)

    Professional Experience:

    June 2013         Ambassador of Israel to New Zealand and Non-Resident to Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga

    2012-2013         Ambassador, Director for European Union Cooperation Programmes

    2010-2012         Coordinator, Brazilian Affairs, Division for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Jerusalem, Israel

    2006-2010         Ambassador of Israel to Mexico and Non-Resident to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

    2004-2006         Director, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Department, MFA, Jerusalem, Israel

    2001-2004         Ambassador of Israel to El-Salvador and Non-Resident to Belize

    1999-2001         Deputy Consul General of Israel, New York

    1997-1999         Director, Division for Latin America and the Caribbean, MFA, Jerusalem, Israel

    1993-1997         Ambassador of Israel to El-Salvador and Non-Resident to Belize

    1990-1993        Deputy Director, Department of South America, MFA, Jerusalem, Israel

    1987-1990         Councillor, Embassy of Israel, Brasilia, Brazil

    1985-1987         First Secretary, Embassy of Israel, Santiago, Chile

    1982-1985         Second Secretary, Division for International Organisations, MFA, Jerusalem, Israel

    1980-1982         Second Secretary, Embassy of Israel, Mexico

    1979                 Member of the Israel Delegation to the UN General Assembly

    1977-1979         Training Division, MFA, Jerusalem, Israel

    Friday 28 June 2013


    His Excellency Ambassador Yosef Livne of the State of Israel, presented his letter of credentials to The Governor-General, Lt. Gen. Rt. Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae of New Zealand on Thursday 27 June 2013 at Government House in Wellington.

    In his address to the Governor General, Ambassador Livne expressed his wish to further enhance the good relationship between Israel and New Zealand and to explore new opportunities in the fields of science, technology, culture and trade. Ambassador Livne also expressed Israel’s gratitude for having been included in New Zealand’s initiative to bring together a number of nations who share the same characteristics of being small but advanced economies and reiterated Israel’s keen interest in promoting the success of this forum.

    Furthermore, Ambassador Livne referred to his recent visit to the British War Cemetery in the city of Krakow in Poland where he came across the graves of Jewish soldiers from the then British Mandate of Palestine lying alongside the graves of New Zealand troops, both having lost their lives as Prisoners of War in World War II. Ambassador Livne stated that it behooves him to promote a study of this common tragedy.

    Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador of Israel to New Zealand, Ambassador Livne was Director for the European Union Cooperation Programs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. He also served as Ambassador to Mexico and Non-Resident to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas (2004-2006) as well as Ambassador of Israel to El-Salvador and Non-Resident to Belize (2001-2004 and from 1993-1997).

    Ambassador Livne succeeds His Excellency Ambassador Shemi Tzur as the new Ambassador of Israel to New Zealand. He is the second Ambassador of Israel since the re-opening of the embassy in 2010.

    Ambassador Livne is married with two children.