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Former NZ High Commissioner to Vanuatu Jeff Langley passed away

Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters has lauded Jeff Langley, a senior New Zealand diplomat who passed away yesterday.

Jeff Langley was formerly NZ High Commissioner to Vanuatu where he did some great work, according to accounts by Dr Tess Newton Cain who is the Project Leader for the Griffith Asia Institute’s Pacific Hub.

Jeff has been with MFAT since 1993 and was appointed to his current role in 2016.  He has worked previously as the head of Australia Division and as head of the Middle East and Africa Division.

From 2007 to 2010 Jeff served as New Zealand’s High Commissioner in Port Vila. His past overseas postings have been to Brazil and the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations in New York. Throughout his diplomatic career Jeff has been involved in managing New Zealand’s bilateral relations with a wide range of countries across the globe.

“Mr Langley served his country with great distinction,” said Mr Peters.
“His death is a very sad occasion, and the Government extends its condolences to his wife Sarah, his children, wider family and colleagues.”

Mr Langley, who passed away following an illness.