New Consul General touches down in Auckland

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington.

Melanie Higgins is the new U.S. Consul General in Auckland and despite only having been in the role for just over a month she has already gained a great amount of diverse experience and insight into life in New Zealand and her new role.

Local community leaders from the arts, business, education and political spheres all gathered in South Auckland’s Mangere Art centre to welcome Melanie to her new role and listen to her speak on her thoughts about the role so far.

New Zealand is just the latest posting in what has been a distinguished career for Melanie since joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 1998. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy for Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. She was Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia from 2010 to 2013.  Before that, she served as Acting Public Affairs Advisor in the State Department’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau.  Ms. Higgins has also served as a Political Officer in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia and Cameroon, and has worked in the State Department’s Operations Center and as the Thailand Desk Officer.

The Auckland Consulate, and the whole NZ Mission, is proud to have such an accomplished diplomat continuing the great work of further growing US/NZ relations.

Learn more about Melanie on her bio page.