Anthony Patrick Francis Browne (born 16 March 1948) attended Christchurch Boys’ High School 1961-1965.
After earning an MA (First Class Honours) from Canterbury University, in 1973 Tony Browne joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Early postings were with the Asian Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; as third, later Second Secretary, Beijing; with the South Pacific Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; as Official Secretary, Office for Tokelau Affairs, in Apia; and as First Secretary, NZ Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York.
Browne was New Zealand Ambassador to China from 2004 to 2009. He had previously been Director of the North Asia Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei. He became New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Vanuatu in 1987.
From 1990 to 1994 Browne was Director of the Domestic and External Security Secretariat in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Prior to his retirement from the Foreign Ministry in 2011 he acted as Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was appointed as Chair of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre in 2011, and also assumed the position of Chair of the Victoria University of Wellington Confucius Institute.
Tony Browne is chair of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre. He was New Zealand Ambassador to China from 2004 to 2009. On his return to New Zealand he then spent two years as a Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade before retiring from in 2011. He had previously been Director of the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei. He is a member of the Executive Board of the New Zealand China Council.