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.
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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
M.A. International Relations, Haifa University
Mr Livne is fluent in Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese