U.S.-New Zealand Shared Economic Priorities for the Pacific Rim

Assistant Secretary Heath P. Tarbert, U.S. Department of the Treasury In 1989, twelve economies met to establish a forum for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in order to achieve greater prosperity for the Pacific Rim. The region has come a long way since then. And APEC continues to foster progress as demonstrated just this week when ...
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NASA Senior Economist Dr. Alex MacDonald connects with New Zealand’s emerging space sector

Dr. Alex MacDonald is NASA’s Senior Economic Advisor within the Office of the Administrator at NASA Headquarters and is one of the foremost experts on the economic history of American space exploration and contemporary private-sector space activities. During a one-week trip to New Zealand, Dr. MacDonald connected with a wide array of government, academic, and ...
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Ambassador Brown explores Auckland: Trade, Culture and the Fourth of July!

Marking his second trip to Tamaki-makau-rau, on the 12th July 2017, Ambassador Scott Brown and his wife Mrs. Gail Brown flew to Auckland to celebrate the 241st Independence Day of the United States – arriving to chilly weather but a warm reception in New Zealand’s economic and population hub. Ahead of the celebrations, Ambassador Brown ...
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President Trump’s Mid Winter’s Day Message

Read President Trump’s Mid Winter’s Day Message to the researchers and personnel of the United States Antarctic Program and the scientists from around the world celebrating Midwinter’s Day in Antarctica. I send greetings to the researchers and personnel of the United States Antarctic Program and the scientists from around the world celebrating Midwinter’s Day in ...
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Celebrating Hawaii

Each March a celebration of the rich history between Hawaii and Aotearoa descends onto the Hawaii Village at the Pasifika Festival in Auckland. Since launching the Hawaii Village in 2014, we continue to support the Hawaii Village Committee members who work tirelessly on a striking two day display of Hawaii arts, culture and food. This ...
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Wahine Toa: Aimee Kaio

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. For the next Wahine Toa blog I traveled to the world’s southernmost marae which is at the bottom of the South Island in Bluff. I met Aimee Kaio, a dedicated social entrepreneur from Ngāi Tahu, Tuhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue and Ngā Puhi, whose ...
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Wahine Toa 20: Professor Jacinta Ruru

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Jacinta Ruru is New Zealand’s first Māori Professor of Law, co-director of Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga (New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence), and a two-time Fulbright award grantee. Jacinta’s utmost mission has been straightforward: to bring a strong Indigenous voice ...
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Wahine Toa: Nicol “Kelly” Takurua

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Wahine Toa Nicol ‘Kelly’ Takurua of Ngāti Porou descent, is a champion social worker in rural Southland.  And , as she tells it, her interest in organizing and helping others with their lives is something she’s done all her life. Kelly’s family ...
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Wahine Toa: Brittany Teei

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Brittany Teei is a former professional tennis player, social entrepreneur, founder of KidsCoin tech-company, and she’s only 27 years young. Blessed with a prodigious mind and heart, this tenacious Ngāi Tahu woman recently shared her incredible story at the Remuera Tennis Club ...
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Wahine Toa: Deidre Otene

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. The next Wahine Toa feature is Deidre Otene of Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi. Over the last decade she has been at the forefront supporting Māori youth and women in grassroots communities. At the heart of her work is her own community in ...
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Wahine Toa: Libby Hakaraia

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Libby Hakaraia is a trailblazing journalist, author and filmmaker, broadcasting New Zealand’s culture and cinematic stories to the world. A masterful auteur,  Libby pioneered New Zealand’s first international indigenous film festival – Māoriland Film Festival. I visited this gifted storyteller in her ...
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Wahine Toa Leadership Conference

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. In October, the United States Embassy in New Zealand brought together 140 Maori women from across the country for the Wahine Toa (“Women of Strength”) Leadership Conference, the culmination of two years of interviews and engagement with emerging female leaders from the ...
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Wahine Toa: Rukumoana Schaafhausen

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Our next Wahine Toa feature is Rukumoana Schaafhausen from Ngāti Haua. Her ardent desire to help her community, her church, and her Māori people is central to her story as the longest standing trustee for Waikato Tainui Te Kauhaunganui Inc, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Earthquake & Tsunami November 14, 2016

U.S. Consulate General Auckland Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:   Earthquake & Tsunami November 14, 2016 The U.S. Geological Service has reported a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in North Canterbury, New Zealand on the South Island in the early hours of Monday morning.  Its epicenter was 15 km north-east of Culverden, close to Hanmer Springs, at 12:02 AM local ...
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Wahine Toa: Rachel Taulelei

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. The next Wahine Toa feature is Rachel Taulelei. Rachel’s Māori heritage and advocacy for young entrepreneurs, women in particular, are among her most passionate inspirations. Business savvy, and an innate gift for innovation have led to extraordinary success —first as an entrepreneur ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Members of the New Zealand Labour Party

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release July 21, 2016 Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Members of the New Zealand Labour Party   Vice President Biden met today with leading members of the opposition Labour Party in Auckland. They affirmed the shared values, deepening partnership, and growing economic ties ...
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Blast-off for Auckland NASA Space Apps 2016

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. NASA is on a mission to foster innovation around challenges affecting us at home and in space; this year it created the world’s largest international annual hackathons. On Friday April 22, 2016, Acting Consul General, Emily Armitage kicked off the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge ...
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Nancy Gilbert Showcases American and New Zealand Iconic Images

Last week Nancy Gilbert hosted the Et Alia Art Group at Camperdown for a luncheon to share and discuss the Art in Embassies ‘Iconic Images’ exhibition. Nancy gave a history of the Art in Embassies program and the process behind their theme of iconic images of her home and host countries. She shared her favorite pieces with the ...
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Famous Hawaiian performer Paula Fuga at Pasifika 2016

MEDIA RELEASE, March 11, 2016 One of Hawaii’s most respected live performers, Paula Fuga, will grace the main stage at this year’s Pasifika Festival on Saturday, March 12. Since her breakout modern Hawaiian soul debut album Lilikoi in 2007, Paula has gone on to tour the world with artists such as Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley, and ...
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Ambassador Gilbert visits Antarctica

by Ambassador Mark Gilbert As the New Year dawns, I’ve been reflecting on the past twelve months and looking ahead to continuing to deepen our vital friendship with New Zealand and Samoa.  2015 was an amazing year, and I am so grateful I was able to meet with and be inspired by so many New ...
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Call for 2016 Study of the U.S. Institutes: Secondary Educators (Teachers and Administrators)

UPDATE: The Deadline has been extended to December 14, 2015. Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place in the United States over the course of 5 weeks beginning in or after the latter part of May 2016. Each Institute includes a 4 week academic residency component and one week integrated study ...
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Call for 2016 Study of the U.S. Institutes: Mid-Career Scholars

UPDATE: The Deadline has been extended to December 14, 2015. Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars will take place at various United States universities over the course of 6 weeks beginning in or after June 2016. Each Institute includes a 4 week academic residency component and up to 2 weeks of an integrated study ...
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Wahine Toa: Dr. Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai

By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. As part of our now well established Wahine Toa series, I traveled to “King country”, home to the Waikato-Tainui iwi and a dear friend, King Tuheitia Paki. Pioneers of Kingitanga , (a collective spirit to unify Māori tribes under a Māori monarchy) the iwi holds an incredible ...
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Save The Kiwi Month

On the last weekend of Save Kiwi Month we’d like to share an update from the wonderful Kathy Brader, senior bird keeper at Smithsonian National Zoo  on her work with kiwi. We interviewed Kathy last year at Wellington Zoo , when she was in New Zealand for her investiture as an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to kiwi conservation. Kiwi News ...
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Global Sports Mentoring Program 2015

The U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program is one of world sport’s most sought-after female business leader’s professional development opportunities.  Every year emerging leaders from every corner of the world work side-by-side with top female executives in the American sports industry during their month in the United States. Not only do these female emerging leaders gain ...
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