Sir Don McKinnon pays tribute to the late Sir Paul Reeves
Chairman of Regional Facilities Auckland and former Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Don McKinnon, today paid
tribute to Sir Paul Reeves.
“Sir Paul was an international figure of distinction through his involvement with the United Nations and the
Commonwealth. As Commonwealth Secretary General I appointed him my special envoy to Guyana where his valuable work in
assisting political parties in their dialogue process after a series of difficult elections was widely recognised. I
believe he visited Guyana at least 15 times in this capacity and I know he will be missed by many in that country”, Sir
Don McKinnon said today.
“Sir Paul was also the Commonwealth’s Special Representative to Fiji, a role which he retained at the request of the
present Secretary General. He was also deputy leader of the Commonwealth Election Observer Group to South Africa and was
later the leader of the Commonwealth Election Observer Group to Ghana during their difficult general elections.
“Sir Paul’s other international roles included being the Anglican Consultative Council Observer at the United Nations
and the Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Trust.
“During all these international engagements he always worked extremely hard and was highly regarded for his patience and
wisdom by all he came into contact with,” Sir Don said.