Jack Shepherd

Date of birth

15 September 1924 at Temuka

Married

Mary Wilkie

Children

Two sons and one daughter

Education

  • Timaru Boys’ High School 1937-40
  • Victoria University MA (first class honours)
  • UNZ Victoria 1949

War service

  • RNZAF

Career

  • Second Secretary New Zealand High Commissioner, Canberra, Australia 1951-54
  • Head United Nations Political Affairs Section Department of External Affairs, Wellington, 1954-55 (Member of New Zealand Delegation to UN General Assembly 1954)
  • First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission New Zealand Commission in South East Asia, Singapore 1955-58 (Note: Mission had responsibility throughout South East Asia)
  • Head Economic Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington 1958-61
  • Counsellor and Deputy High Commissioner New Zealand High Commission, Canberra, Australia 1961-64 (Acting High Commissioner from April 1963-March, 1964)
  • Head, Economic Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington 1964-65
  • 1965-70 Minister New Zealand Embassy, Washington; USA (Charge d’Affaires for eight months in 1968)1970
  • Senior Advisory Officer Royal Commission of Enquiry into New Zealand’s Social Security and Health Benefits 1970-72
  • Director of External Aid Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington 1972-73
  • New Zealand High Commissioner to Canada and Commonwealth Caribbean 1973-76
  • New Zealand High Commissioner to Malaysia and New Zealand Ambassador to Burma 1977-79
  • Assistant Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wellington (Responsible for Economic, European and Consular Affairs) 1979-82
  • New Zealand Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany and Switzerland 1982-85
  • Now retired