New Zealand's Ambassador to the United States Tim Groser himself asked to leave the position at the end of his three-year term, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has confirmed.
"Any suggestion he has been recalled by the minister or ministry is baseless," Peters said in a statement.
"The New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, Hon Tim Groser, is leaving his position later this year at the expiry of his three-year term.
"He was appointed by the previous government and his contract was only ever for three years.
"Mr Groser himself asked to finish at the conclusion of his three-year term and did not seek any extension."
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the process to appoint a successor was under way and an announcement would be made in due course, as with all New Zealand heads of mission appointments.
The three-year posting can be extended, and previous ambassadors have done so.