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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Emergency Message UPDATE for U.S. Citizens: Earthquake & Tsunami November 14, 2016

U.S. Consulate General Auckland. UPDATE Earthquake & Tsunami – November 21, 2016 U.S. Navy’s USS Sampson helps with the North Canterbury Earthquake Disaster Recovery Assistance. Read more . *** Emergency Message UPDATE for U.S. Citizens: Earthquake & Tsunami – November 15, 2016 A message for US Citizens: Please direct anyone with friends or family in Kaikoura to make ...
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Working together to Address Non-communicable Diseases in the Pacific

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)–heart disease, cancers, lung disease and diabetes–are a major issue for the Pacific. NCDs are the leading cause of death in the Pacific and in some Pacific Island countries life expectancy is declining as a result of NCD-related premature deaths. Developing a sustainable ...
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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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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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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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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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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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New Consul General touches down in Auckland

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Melanie Higgins is the new U.S. Consul General in Auckland and despite only having been in the role for just over a month she has already gained a great amount of diverse experience and insight into life in New Zealand and her new role. Local community leaders from ...
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