Grants Program – Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) New Zealand invites  Statement of Interest (SOI)  for projects that strengthen security and military cooperation and coordination, promote the mutual benefits of bilateral trade and investment, and deepen the relationships with Pacific communities, in New Zealand, Niue and the Cook Islands, based on our shared values and heritage. All programs must include an American cultural ...
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Women in Business: A Young Leaders Learnings from International Women’s Day

Guest blog post by U.S. NZ Youth Councilor, Araina Kazia Pereira On International Women’s Day I was lucky enough to take part in a number of events.  Firstly, a roundtable discussion with U.S. Consul General Melanie Higgins alongside some incredible NZ women, American Chamber of Commerce members, exchange program alumni and youth council discussing both issues ...
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Alexia Hilbertidou experiences the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The Embassy was  honored to send  two of New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs – Jessica Manins ( ProjectR  Director) and Alexia Hilbertidou (Founder of  GirlBoss ) – to the 2017  Global Entrepreneurship Summit  (GES) in India late last year. We highlighted  Jessica’s experience last week. Next up, Alexia… *** Guest blog post by Alexia Hilbertidou I was so excited to represent New Zealand at the Global ...
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Jessica Manins experiences the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The Embassy was honored to send two of New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs – Jessica Manins ( ProjectR Director) and Alexia Hilbertidou (Founder of  GirlBoss ) – to the 2017  Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India late last year. In the coming week, we’ll highlight Jessica’s and Alexia’s personal experiences at GES 2017. First up Jessica… *** Guest blog post by Jessica Manins I recently ...
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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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Creative Leadership and its impact on the Future of Work

Views and learnings from #CLNZ17 by U.S. Youth Council member, Araina Kazia Pereira. Let’s talk all things business, high performing teams, doing life in community, the heart of what it means to be a creative leader and how this approach is going to shift the future of our workplaces. The #CLNZ17 conference created by @justadandak saw leaders from various ...
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U.S. creative leadership experts share creative business strategies with business leaders and startup founders

The Embassy invited U.S. creative leadership experts, Aithan Shapira ( MIT Sloan School of Management ) and Elysa Fenenbock (Designer in Residence at  Google ), to keynote at a Creative Leadership conference ( #CLNZ2017 ) to 160 business leaders and startup founders. Areas covered included realigning your teams and projects with design thinking, looking at jazz as a way to respond to ...
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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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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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Small grants funding opportunity of up to $7,500 USD – details….

The U.S. Embassy in New Zealand announces a small grants funding opportunity of up to $7,500 USD for projects in the realm of Science, Technology, Health, Environment and Business.   Eligibility is limited to non-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and educational institutions within New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Niue.  Proposals should demonstrate creativity, substance, and relevance ...
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Kia ora Aotearoa!

By U.S. Ambassador, Scott Brown. Kia Ora Aotearoa!  I am proud, humbled, and delighted to begin my service officially as the Ambassador of the United States to New Zealand.  My wife Gail and I were very moved by the warm welcome, the beautiful Maori pōwhiri, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Guard of Honour ...
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U.S. tech investment duo Steve Meller & Larry Howell visit NZ to discuss Govtech

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. The U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) welcomed U.S. tech investment duo Steve Meller and Larry Howell to New Zealand last week for a series of events and meetings in Wellington and Auckland. The area of focus for the week was the GovTech space – the area of digital transformation within the public sector ...
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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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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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Mahuki welcomes Disney Imagineer, Mk Haley, to Wellington

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Last week, we welcomed Disney Imagineer, Mk Haley, to Wellington. With Support from the U.S. Embassy, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Florida State University and Creative Program Manager at Walt Disney’s Imagineering, Mk Haley, gave a series of talks in Wellington. The week was hosted by Mahuki – Te Papa’s innovation hub . Mk Haley’s first talk ...
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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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Eric Hysen – from Google to Government

Thanks to the U.S. Embassy and KiwiConnect , Eric Hysen of the United States Digital Service came to New Zealand to keynote at the annual Open Source Open Society conference. At the conference Eric spoke on the challenges and rewards of modernizing U.S. Government systems. Eric is one of the Founding members of the USDS , and is the Digital Service Lead for the United States Department of Homeland Security.  As a former employee at Google, Eric has worked ...
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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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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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Youth Council Highlights: Discussing Cybersecurity, Gender Equality, and Climate Change

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. On April 25, 2016 the Auckland Youth Council met with Ambassador Mark Gilbert.  In recognition of the recently-signed COP 21 Agreement on Climate Change, signed by 155 countries in New York on April 20, Earth Day, the group discussed climate change, especially in relation to the ...
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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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Kiwi women entrepreneurs hear from Nancy Gilbert & U.S. Ambassador LeVine

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Suzi LeVine and Nancy Gilbert spoke with a group of women entrepreneurs at BizDojo at a Collider Wellington on Tuesday March 29, while in New Zealand on a family holiday. Ambassador LeVine has an extensive background in tech, working at Microsoft and Expedia, and founding her own companies, prior to her appointment as President ...
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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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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Opens Registration for 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Innovation-Focused Summit to Provide Global Investors and Economic Developers with Latest Information on Investment in the United States.   WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Ambassador Mark Gilbert today announced that registration is now open for the third SelectUSA Investment Summit to be held June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. The Summit’s theme is “The Innovation ...
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Broadening Horizons and Building Courage: Tuākana Youth Mentoring Program

Guest blog post by Rachel Harris and Jonathan Gee. As burgeoning business leaders move into the world, bridging the gap between one generation and the next is of vital importance. The State Department was proud to fund and support the Tuākana Youth Mentoring Program run by NGO Leadership New Zealand and the Fulbright New Zealand ...
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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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Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

From ustr.gov . On October 4, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam – announced conclusion of their negotiations.  The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, and balanced agreement that will promote economic growth; support the creation ...
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