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Frank Corner CMG FRSA (b. Napier, 1920) distinguished New Zealand diplomat. Corner served as New Zealand's Ambassador to the United Nations and the United States, before becoming New Zealand's third Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs. CMG can mean: Color Marketing Group, commonly referred to as CMG CMG (company), a telecommunications and IT consultancy company Chipotle Mexican Grill, a Mexican chain of restaurants specializing in gourmet burritos and tacos Collectible miniatures game, a genre of table-top games related to collectible card games (CCGs) Companion of... The Royal Society of Arts, whose correct name is the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce but which is more commonly known as the RSA, is a British multi-disciplinary institution, based in London, which exists to deliver five Manifesto Challenges: encouraging enterprise, moving towards a zero... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 3 - Babe Ruth is traded by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees for $125,000, the largest sum ever paid for a player at that time. ... The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, and social equity. ...

Early Life

Corner was educated at Napier Boys' High School and Victoria University, where he graduated in 1942 with a Master of Arts (First Class) in history, under the guidance of Professor J.C. Beaglehole. Victoria University may refer to: Victoria University of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh (see www. ...

Corner joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1943, as one of its earliest foreign policy officers, by then Secretary Alister McIntosh, who was in the process of building a professional foreign service. Corner was posted first to Washington in 1948, as First Secretary, and then to London in 1952 as Deputy High Commissioner. In 1958, Corner returned to New Zealand as Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Sir Alister Donald Miles McIntosh, KCMG (29 November 1906-30 November 1978), New Zealand diplomat. ... Official language(s) None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,824 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ...

Diplomatic Career

In 1961, Corner became New Zealand's Ambassador to the United Nations, where he chaired the Trusteeship Council for two years, and served on the United Nations Security Council. Corner was the leading proponent of decolonisation of Pacific territories under New Zealand control. Corner provided the leading intellectual arguments in favour of decolonisation of Tokelau, the Cook Islands, Niue, and Western Samoa.

In 1967, Corner moved to Washington, as New Zealand's Ambassador to the United States, succeeding George Laking, who had become Secretary of Foreign Affairs; he held this post until 1972 when he returned to Wellington to succeed Laking again as Secretary. The principal themes during his time in Washington was the US' involvement in Vietnam, and New Zealand's expanding trade relations with the US leading up to Britain's entry into the European Union. During his time as Ambassador, Corner oversaw a state visit to New Zealand by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967, and a state visit by Prime Minister Keith Holyoake to Washington. Corner later described this as "the high point of United States-New Zealand relations". Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908–January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. ... The Right Honorable Sir Keith Jacka Holyoake, KG, GCMG, CH, QSO was a New Zealand politician. ...

Corner was considered to be very close to Prime Minister Norman Kirk in arguing and advocating for an independent New Zealand foreign policy. Throughout this period, Corner promoted closer political relations with China, an expansion of New Zealand interests in North and Southeast Asia, and a greater role for New Zealand in the South Pacific. Norman Eric Kirk served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1972 until his sudden death in 1974 and led the New Zealand Labour Party from 1965 to 1972. ...


Corner retired from the Foreign Secretary post in 1980. In retirement, he has been active in arts administration, and spent six years on the Council of Victoria University. Corner was awarded an honorary doctorate of Laws in 2005. Victoria University may refer to: Victoria University of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh (see www. ...



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