Mr. Gordon Shroff, CNZM, graduated in History from Auckland University in 1967 and joined the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He subsequently served in Samoa, New York (UN Mission) and London. In these postings and in his various Wellington -based assignments his main focus was on Pacific politics and development. He headed the NZ Immigration Service for a period in the mid -1980s while a major policy review was undertaken and later spent two years dealing with strategic policy issues in the Department of Conservation.

In 1990 he re-joined MFAT and served as Director of the Pacific, and later the Development Division. In that capacity he has visited most Pacific Island states and has attended numerous Pacific Island Forums and other such regional meetings as well as development related UNDP, World Bank, ADB and OECD gatherings.