8 Oct 2015

Govt appoints counter-terrorism ambassador

5:08 pm on 8 October 2015

The government has appointed an ambassador for counter-terrorism.

180714. Photo RNZ. Foreign Minister Murray McCully talking with media about the Mayalsia Airlines MH17 flight.

Murray McCully Photo: RNZ

The new position was flagged by the Prime Minister last year and the government says it reflects New Zealand's intention to tackle the threat posed by terrorist groups such as Islamic State.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the senior diplomat Carl Worker will be the ambassador and his role would be to expand New Zealand's diplomatic engagement at international counter terrorism forums and with regional partners.

Mr Worker is currently serving as New Zealand's acting ambassador to the United States.

He will take up the role early next year.