Mary Thurston

Mary Thurston, New Zealand Ambassador to Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia

Mary Thurston was appointed as New Zealand’s Ambassador to Poland, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia in July 2017.

Mary is a career diplomat whose previous offshore postings include Singapore and Solomon Islands. In Wellington she has worked on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement negotiations and on bilateral relations with Vanuatu and the French Pacific Territories. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English and Modern Languages (French) from Oxford University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from York University. She speaks French, Spanish and Solomon Islands Pijin, and is learning Polish.