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Tia’s career at a glance:

Wednesday 18 November 2009 | Published in Regional

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After completing his education – attending Auckland Secondary Teachers’ Training College and gaining a BA from the University of Waikato Barrett held the following positions during his career:

• 1970 Lycee La Perouse, Noumea, New Caledonia, Assistant English Teacher

• 1971-72 South Pacific Commission, Noumea, New Caledonia, Information Officer

• 1973-74 Department of External Affairs, Research Assistant, NZ

• 1975-77 Vice-Consul, New Zealand Consulate-General, Noumea

• 1978-80 Policy Officer (aid to Western Pacific, then UN including UNESCO affairs), NZ

• 1981-84 NZ Second Secretary, Paris

• 1985-86 Senior Policy Officer, UN Affairs, Personnel

• 1987-89 NZ Deputy High Commissioner, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

• 1990-92 Director for Kaupapa Maori, NZ

• 1992-95 NZ High Commissioner, Honiara, Solomon Islands

• 1996-98 Director, Protocol Division, NZ

• 1998-2001 NZ High Commissioner, Suva, Fiji

• 2001-03 Director, Protocol Division, NZ

• 2003-04 Director, Treaty of Waitangi Information Programme, State Services Commission, NZ

• 2004-05 Official Secretary, Government House, NZ

• 2006-2008 Director, Maori Policy Unit, MFAT, NZ

• 2009 NZ High Commissioner, Cook Islands