David Pine is a private advisor to a range of companies and individuals including ASEAN Advisory, KYS Aventura, San Miguel Corporation, the University of Otago and SourceWorld, as well as to the New Zealand Government. Recently he chaired the Advisory Group to select New Zealand's Centres of Asia Pacific Excellence. He is the Christchurch and South Island representative for the New Zealand China Council.
David is a former New Zealand diplomat who joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in 1993. He was New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam from March 2011 until his retirement from the foreign service in December 2014. He had previously served in New York, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur and as Ambassador to the Philippines (2006-2008). In Wellington, he held a number of policy roles, including as the Director of MFAT’s Economic Division.
He is on the Boards of the Canterbury United Nations Association Trust and the Flying Nun Foundation.