MARK Ramsden is New Zealand's new acting head of mission in Fiji.
In a New Zealand Government statement, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Mr Ramsden would have an important role in managing their relationship with Fiji as it returns to a democratic system.
"Fiji has recently taken some positive steps toward holding free and fair elections — an extensive voter registration process has taken place; four political parties have been registered; Fiji has responded positively to the NZ/EU needs assessment on requirements for holding elections; and the final Constitution has been released," Mr McCully said in the statement.
Mr Ramsden has extensive experience in the Pacific, having previously served in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea as well as in New York.
And prior to his appointment, he held management roles in the New Zealand Aid Program and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Mr Ramsden succeeds Phillip Taula who has been acting head of mission since March 2010.