U.S. urban designer visits New Zealand as part of Guangzhou-Auckland-Los Angeles Tripartite intern program

Joseph Rosenberg is a Los Angeles-based landscape/urban designer, one of three in the Guangzhou-Auckland-Los Angeles (GALA) Tripartite Leadership Intern Programme invited by the Tamaki Makaurau Design Alliance (TMDA). This programme has three firms in Auckland each hosting one intern, two from Guangzhou and one from Los Angeles, with the aim of developing shared learning, shared ...
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Inaugural Auckland Fishackathon tackles maritime issues through innovation

Almost half of the world’s population relies on fish and seafood as a key source of protein – yet, overall, 80 percent of the world’s fish stocks for which assessment information is available are reported as fully exploited or overexploited, requiring effective and precautionary management. As part of tackling this issue, February 10-11th 2018 saw three teams ...
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TechCamp New Zealand: Transforming Health Communications in the Pacific Region

Auckland, New Zealand. 24-26 January 2018. Bringing together Pacific health leaders to strengthen innovation, solutions, and communication around mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika and dengue, in the Pacific region. TechCamp New Zealand is a two-day interactive technology-focused workshop aimed to support organizational capacity and strengthen innovation, solutions, and communication around mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika and dengue, ...
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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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Opportunities and Challenges facing Youth Employment in NZ and the U.S.

By Mara Hosoda U.S. Consulate General staff. Views from the Field: Opportunities and Challenges facing Youth Employment in New Zealand and the U.S.  Jobs and employment are critical to the successful growth and development of every economy.  But what happens when there is a gap at the start of the employment stage?  When youth and ...
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Hurry! Registrations are open for the ‘Future Leaders of the Pacific’ conference

Registrations are open for the ‘Future Leaders of the Pacific’ conference in Auckland on Saturday 11th November! Register here. Join us to develop new skills and knowledge for youth participation in leadership and advocacy, and more importantly, to grow your network of leaders. In partnership with The Wonderful Group and The Moko Foundation, the US Embassy New Zealand is holding ...
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Back from Camp Reception

The U.S. Embassy hosted its ‘Back from Camp’ reception on September 21, 2017. Recently returned camp counselors were greeted by U.S. Embassy Staff, and alumni and staff from local camp placement providers. The U.S. camp counselor program is one of the most popular exchange programs in New Zealand, with nearly 900 participants across almost every ...
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“Brand Strategy by Design” with Andy Cunningham

Guest blog post by U.S. Embassy Youth Councilor, Jay Choe. Andy Cunningham was in Auckland for the Project series , founded by the U.S. Embassy and the Auckland University of Technology. See below for further Project events coming up. “Brand Strategy by Design” was the third event I attended as part of the U.S. Embassy Youth Council. Upon ...
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9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Auckland and Memorial Service in Christchurch

By Public Affairs Staff, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. This Monday, September 11th marked the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States.  Each year in New Zealand the tragedy is remembered by firefighters from around Aotearoa with a Memorial Climb of Auckland’s Sky Tower and a memorial event in Christchurch. More than ...
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U.S. is ‘Country of Honor’ at NZIEC

The New Zealand International Education Conference (NZIEC), hosted by Education New Zealand, was held at Sky City welcoming more than 700 guests over two days.  This year saw the United States recognized as the inaugural ‘Country of Honor’, reflecting the strong bilateral relationship between these nations’ education sectors.  The depth and breadth of opportunities was ...
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Patient Day 2017

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. This year New Zealand took part in the United States Department of Commerce U.S. Commercial Service’s Patient Day Global Forum Series. The global series is happening from March through October 2017 in countries around the world including China, Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Austria, Italy, Egypt, ...
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Happy New Year! Celebrating Matariki and Makahiki in New Zealand

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. The U.S. Embassy was proud to once again support Auckland Council’s ‘Matariki Festival’, celebrating and highlighting the traditions and significance of the Māori New Year. Our very own state of Hawaii also celebrates a mid-winter New Year, Makahiki, welcoming a new year of bountiful harvest. While historically Māori ...
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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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Bill Reichert’s 10 insights from Silicon Valley: the fundamentals of modern day entrepreneurship

Guest blog post by, U.S. Youth Councilor, Michael Max. Bill Reichert is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, mentor, author, and among other things; an influential speaker. Bill has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and is passionately focused on early-stage I.T companies, contributing his valuable insights and extensive networks to guide companies towards success.  He ...
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Memorial Day Services 2017 – Auckland, Kapiti, Wellington

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Auckland: Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. ...
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Future Realities in New Zealand with Caitlin Burns

By Public Affairs Staff, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. The U.S. Embassy was proud to support Jessica Manins, CEO of Blackeye VR , in bringing U.S. transmedia producer, Caitlin Burns to keynote at the  Future Realities VR/AR conference  in Auckland and Wellington as part of New Zealand’s first nationwide Tech week . During her time in New Zealand, Caitlin met with some of New Zealand’s ...
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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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NEW ZEALAND 2017 – VISITOR INFORMATION FOR WORLD MASTERS GAMES

The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in New Zealand the following information related to the 2017 World Masters Games taking place in and around Auckland, New Zealand, from April 21 to 30, 2017. This fact sheet is meant to provide information regarding the current conditions within the country to U.S. ...
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A Young Entrepreneur’s Experience: Applying Justin Milano’s 4 Pillars of Entrepreneurial Success

Guest Blog by Thomas Goodin, Young Entrepreneur and Alumni of Young Enterprise Scheme and VentureUp Justin Milano was the first speaker for the 2017 Project Connect series, presenting at AUT on the Four Pillars for Entrepreneurial Success. Justin helps entrepreneurs build thriving companies. As a serial entrepreneur and executive coach, he uses a unique blend ...
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Project17 Auckland: “Four Pillars for Entrepreneurial Success”

The Auckland University of Technology is kicking off our Project17 speaker series with a bang – Justin Milano (Good Startups, USA), serial entrepreneur, executive coach, intrepid traveller, author and producer will be sharing some valuable insights and inspiration… If you are an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or simply want to encourage entrepreneurial thinking in yourself and your ...
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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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Marking the Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11 in Auckland and Christchurch

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Consulate Auckland. In Auckland on Sunday, September 11th, more than 160 firefighters, joined by U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert, climbed the stairs of the Sky Tower in memory of firefighters lost in the September 11 World Trade Center attacks, as well as those New Zealand firefighters who have lost their lives ...
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August was an action-packed youth outreach month

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. The month of August was action-packed with youth outreach in Auckland, which gave U.S. Consulate General staff members and kiwi youth the opportunity to engage on issues of significance to both the United States and New Zealand. Topics of discussion this month included the U.S. presidential elections ...
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Project16 – Creativity in Business

By U.S. Embassy Youth Council members James Coventry, Liana Kaiwai, and James Tawhiao. Lasting only a day, but packed with enough advice and inspiration for a whole week, Project16 was a crash course in making dreams reality, achieving success and doing the unthinkable. The conference kicked off with an address by U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. It ...
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U.S. Ambassador Gilbert and Alex Dunlap Team up to Coach Kiwi Baseball Students

By Alex Dunlap, Winter Fellow, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. The Baseball New Zealand 13 and under team recently completed tournament play in the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, Maryland.  This year, the tournament field consisted of 10 champions from across the United States and 8 international teams representing Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, the ...
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U.S. Consulate Auckland & Sir Peter Blake Trust staff Plant over 200 native trees on Motutapu Island

Inspired by the 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, U.S. Consulate Auckland & Sir Peter Blake Trust staff Plant over 200 native trees on Motutapu Island. By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro kicked off on Saturday August 6 with an ode to Brazil’s unique history, ...
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“NASA’s Juno project and the Mission to Jupiter” Principal Investigator Scott Bolton shares all

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. On July 4, 2016 NASA’s Juno mission arrived at Jupiter to study the large, distant planet. Studying what Jupiter is made of and what lies beneath its swirling clouds is critical to understanding how the solar system and Earth came about. Auckland was fortunate to ...
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Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release July 21, 2016 Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Government House Auckland, New Zealand PRIME MINISTER KEY:  Okay, so good morning.  Can I start by acknowledging the Vice President?  We’re delighted to have you in New Zealand, ...
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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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Girls in Tech Founder, Adriana Gascoigne, Empowers, Educates and Engages in New Zealand

By Mike, Emily and Shivani, Public Affairs. Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech , recently visited New Zealand to keynote at Project Connect in Auckland and Wellington – a speaker series founded by the U.S. Embassy and the Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT).  Alongside the Project Connect talks, Adriana had a series of meetings, round-table discussions and dinners throughout the country – including a ...
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Reflections on The Life of a Diplomat and U.S. Department of State Refugee Coordinator

Guest blog post by James Coventry, Auckland U.S.-NZ Youth Council Member and Shivani Ranganathan, Public Affairs/ Political-Economic Sections, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. During the week of June 1st through June 20th, the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland participated in multiple events to celebrate World Refugee Day. On Monday June 13th, members of the Auckland National ...
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U.S. Diplomats Talking American Issues of Civil Rights and the 2016 Elections with NZ High School students

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. On June 16, 2016, diplomats Emily Armitage and Cavan Fabris spoke to Auckland High Schools about the American Civil Rights Movement. These presentations were a part of the American Insights Program which offers opportunities for schools to engage directly with U.S.diplomats. The diplomats introduced the ...
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Celebrating Youth Week: Giving Back is Giving Forward—Aroha mai, Aroha atu

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. Held every May, Youth Week is a New Zealand nationwide festival of events to celebrate the talents, passion, and success of local young people. Youth Week recognizes the contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand and is organized by Ara Taiohi, a National ...
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Pre- Departure Orientation to Prepare New Zealand Students for Study in the United States

U.S. Embassy Wellington and U.S. Consulate General, Auckland Host Pre-Departure Orientation to Prepare New Zealand Students for Study in the United States. By Shivani Ranganathan Pol-Econ/Public Affairs Intern, U.S. Consulate General Auckland. On May 27, 2016, the U.S. Embassy Wellington and U.S. Consulate General, Auckland were joined by twenty exceptional New Zealand students planning to ...
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Ambassador and Mrs Gilbert in Auckland, May 2016

By Phil McKenna, Public Affairs, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. Ambassador and Mrs Gilbert  in Auckland, May 2016 On the evening of Friday, May 27 Ambassador and Mrs. Gilbert hosted a dinner at the Consul General’s residence with alumni from the field of education.  They discussed education issues in New Zealand and the United States. The guest list ...
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The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Auckland- Joint Seminar

By: Shivani Ranganathan, Mara Hosoda and Amanda Leavall, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. On Friday, June 3rd, 2016, Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin from The University of Auckland- Politics and International Relations and Dr. Rhonda Evans, Director from the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies at The University of Texas ...
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Congratulations to our three 2016 U.S. Study of the United States Institutes participants!

By Phil Mckenna and Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland The U.S. Consulate warmly welcomes and congratulates its 2016 U.S. Study of the United States Institutes (“SUSI”) participants—Sarah Spicer of Dunedin’s Logan Park School, Anthony Franklin-Ross, the Methodist Minister in Napier, and Lisa Mave of Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls. The SUSI ...
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U.S. Diplomats’ Insights on World War I, Civil Rights, American Literature and the American Elections

By Victoria Triegaardt, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Wellington and Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. The last three months were action-packed with opportunities for U.S. Diplomats to reach out to youth in Auckland and Wellington high schools. Upon request from New Zealand high schools, U.S. Diplomats presented U.S. history topics through ...
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Tripartite Economic Alliance

By Phil McKenna, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. For a number of months, U.S. Consulate General in Auckland has been busy  the high-profile Tripartite Economic Summit between the cities of Auckland, Los Angeles, and Guangzhou, which took place from 16–17 May at the huge ANZ Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland. The summit program included ...
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Consul General Higgins meets with EcoQuest students

By Public Affairs staff, Auckland. On May 3, Consul General Higgins met American study abroad students at the end of a semester-long research and study program, EcoQuest . Originally established as a partnership with the University of New Hampshire in 1999, EcoQuest now hosts American study abroad students from universities coast to coast. EcoQuest operates a Field ...
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Pre-Departure Orientation & Student Visa Day

Have you been accepted to a U.S. college or university and are getting ready to go? This free pre-departure orientation will cover everything from American culture to tips for packing and success as a student in the U.S. Come with your questions! AUCKLAND: WHEN – Friday, May 27, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ...
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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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Ambassador and Consul General meet with resettled refugees in Auckland

Ambassador Gilbert and Consul General Higgins met with migrants and resettled refugees in Auckland yesterday to learn about their adjustment to life as “Kiwis.”  Participants were complimentary of support from the Ministry of Social Development and Umma Trust, which run programs to help refugees to settle in Aotearoa.  Participants said overall they were very grateful ...
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Mana Moana: Hawaiian Migration to Aotearoa in March

By Mara Hosoda, U.S. Consulate, Auckland Mana moana (“the power of the ocean”) was especially strong this month, connecting Kanaka Maoli (native people from Hawaii) to their Maori and Pacific cousins in Aotearoa. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate are proud to support and be a part of the many Hawaiian exchanges that occurred in March. ...
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Designing Your Business Success – Jeremy Wenokur and U.S. Ambassador Gilbert

This year’s Project Connect series hosted by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the U.S. Embassy kicks off with a very special one-time only interview with Silicon Valley entrepreneur/investor Jeremy Wenokur, moderated by U.S. Ambassador, Mark Gilbert. Jeremy will discuss how NZ companies can creatively position for offshore investment as well as cultivate potential USA buyers, ...
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2016 Vex Robotics National Championship

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. Auckland Consul General Melanie Higgins attended the 2016 Vex Robotics New Zealand National Championship, which was held on February 27-28, 2016 in Auckland. The robotics competition brings together high school teams from across New Zealand, competing to represent New Zealand at the Vex World Robotics Championships ...
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United States Women’s Soccer Star Tells Youth to Train Hard and Promote Diversity through Sport

By Emily Armitage, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate Auckland. In partnership with the Department of State’s SportsUnited and Proud to Play NZ, United States Embassy New Zealand had the pleasure of hosting retired United States Women’s National Soccer Team midfielder Lori Lindsey in February 2016.  Throughout her successful career, Lori represented the United States at the ...
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World War II US Servicemen in Warkworth – More Information Needed!

By Phil McKenna, Public Affairs, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. You can also help spread the word by linking to and sharing these hashtags on social media: #AMcollection  #AucklandMuseum. The Auckland War Memorial Museum has a proud history of making its collections available beyond the walls of the Museum itself. It loans artefacts, organizes traveling exhibitions, and, ...
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Rebecca Purvis, talks to us about her U.S. Education Experience

This week marks the 16th Annual International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested in making the leap to study in the United States. Today IEW is ...
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Nick Crott, talks to us about his U.S. Education Experience

This week marks the 16th Annual International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested in making the leap to study in the United States. Today IEW is ...
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BUILDING CREATIVE CONNECTIONS – Project Connect

Our next Project Connect event is on next week, November 18th at the Auckland University of Technology – details at the-project.co.nz . The theme…Building Creative Connections. In a world that has moved from finite choice and limited control to infinite choice and total control, how can leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, brands and organisations engage in a meaningful ...
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New York and New Zealand Firefighters Mark 9/11 with Memorial Stair Climb

By Emily Armitage, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. For the second year in a row, two prominent New York firefighters were invited to take part in a Memorial Stair Climb and Commemorative Service at Auckland’s Sky Tower to pay respects to the U.S. firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and the ...
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Independence Day Celebrations in Auckland and Wellington, July 2015

By Phil McKenna and Rob Tate, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Embracing the enthusiasm for sports that is such a feature of both American and New Zealand culture, the Embassy in Wellington and the Consulate General in Auckland kicked off a two-day celebration of American Independence Day. Our celebrations this year were made even sweeter, ...
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