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H.E. David Pine

H.E. David Pine

David Pine is New Zealand’s High Commissioner to India.  He is also High Commissioner Designate to Bangladesh and Ambassador Designate to Nepal.  

Pine is a seasoned diplomat who was New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam from March 2011 to December 2014 and New Zealand’s Ambassador to the Philippines from 2006 to 2008. Prior to this, he had postings in New York, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur and has been Director of the economic division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Pine took a break from the foreign ministry and advised top corporates and academic institutions from 2015 to 2019. From 2018 to 2019, he was the chairperson of the Trade for All Advisory Board where he advised the government on trade related matters.



Nic Low in conversation with H.E. David Pine

JLF First Edition is delighted to host the virtual launch of Nic Low's latest work, Uprising: Walking the Southern Alps of New Zealand, published by Text Publishing Melbourne Australia.

In conversation with the High Commissioner of New Zealand to India, H.E. David Pine, author Nic Low discusses his alpine expedition and the story of his people. Low’s book intertwines his Ngāi Tahu and European New Zealander roots to present a narrative deeply rooted in his ancestors' connection to New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Traditionally known as Kā Tiritiri-o-te-moana, the mountain range played a deep role in his culture’s sense of identity and presented Low with an opportunity to explore current anxieties and conflicts of language, counter-culture and consumerism. Steeped in conversations with tribal leaders, family memoirs and his understanding of his own journey through the mountain range, he unfurls a mediation on history, land and the search for self.