Nicole Rex – Broadcast Media Specialist, Cultural advocate

If there’s one person you can count on to throw a party and pull together a crowd, it’s Nicole Rex. She has been involved in numerous Pacific and community events across Auckland and Wellington, including the Polynesian and Pasifika Festivals. Born in New Zealand, her large extended family is Niuean. Her grandfather, Sir Robert Rex, ...
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Brian Knep – the ‘Art Loves you’ exhibit

By U.S. Consulate Auckland Public Affairs staff. In collaboration with the Tauranga Art Gallery, Brian Knep, creator of the interactive art piece Healing Pools and Academy Award winner, visited New Zealand to showcase his artistic creation. The first artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School, Knep is a world-leader in combining STEM and art – his exhibition is currently on ...
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New Orleans music down the streets of Wellington – Free Agents Brass Band

Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown introduced the Free Agents Brass Band (FABB) to the enthusiastic crowd at Wellington’s Cuba Dupa carnival. The Embassy supported Cuba Dupa by bringing FABB from the U.S. to Wellington to perform at Cuba Dupa and a local school, as well as leading a music workshop with local musicians. When Hurricanes Katrina & Rita ...
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Mauri Stones Ceremony and Design Unveiling

Admiral Harry Harris, along with Ambassador Scott Brown, New Zealand Minister of Defence, Hon. Ron Mark and Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, Lt. Gen. Tim Keating participated in a mauri stones ceremony at the site of the United States Memorial, which will be installed at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park this year. The ...
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Event – The Human Connection:  World War I Messages To The Future, Left In Darkness For 100 Years.

The Human Connection:  World War I Messages To The Future, Left In Darkness For 100 Years. Free entry, Wednesday, February 28th, 6 pm The Great War Exhibition, Dominion Museum Building, Wellington Details here: Facebook Event . In 2014, National Geographic Photographer, Emergency Physician & Explorer, Dr. Jeff Gusky made a startling discovery. The underground site with the ...
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Ambassador and Mrs. Brown visit Old St Paul’s and meet members of the Kapiti US Marines Trust

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. On November 2nd, Ambassador and Mrs. Brown were joined by USMC General Cavanaugh’s wife, Mrs. Sherry Cavanaugh for their first visit to a number of Marines heritage sites in the Wellington region. The group began the day by touring  Old St Paul’s , the church in Wellington city that was frequented ...
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Ambassador Brown visits the Massey University College of Creative Arts

On November 6th, Ambassador Brown made his first visit to the  Massey University College of Creative Arts (CoCA)  in Wellington, at the invitation of Pro Vice-Chancellor Claire Robinson. The visit started with a sneak peek tour of CoCA’s new School of Music and Creative Media Production, which is yet to formally open. Associate Professor Andre Ktori, Head of the Music School, explained ...
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The 2017 Auckland Writer’s Festival with Paul Beatty and Jennifer Niven

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Consulate Auckland. On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the Auckland Writer’s Festival launched once again, a multi-day event celebrating the achievements of many award winning authors from New Zealand, the United States – including Man Booker prizewinner Paul Beatty, and young adult author Jennifer Niven – and many other nations. In ...
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Mele Murals at Māoriland Film Festival with artists Estria Miyashiro and John Hina

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. The fourth annual Māoriland Film Festival took place in Ōtaki, a small town north of Wellington, earlier this month.  Māoriland is New Zealand’s only indigenous film festival and brings together native films and filmmakers from around the world for a celebration of culture and storytelling through film. The festival, whose artistic ...
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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 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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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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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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Wahine Toa: Liana Poutu

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Wherever you may travel in the Taranaki region, you stand in awe of the stunning Mount Taranaki that unites the eight surrounding iwi through history and lore.  In Māori legend, Taranaki migrated from Taupo after losing a battle with Tongariro over the ...
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Honoring the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

On March 11 we had the privilege of holding a reception at Camperdown in honor of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum , with representatives visiting Wellington from New York. With over 80 guests representing countries that lost citizens on September 11, 2001, and representatives from New Zealand’s first responders, we shared the story and role of the memorial and ...
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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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The Opening of the Shapeshifter exhibition

Ambassador Gilbert opened the 7th biennial Shapeshifter exhibition in Lower Hutt on February 25th. The outdoor sculpture exhibition is on in the Civic Gardens until March 20th and includes 50 pieces by Kiwi artists. The opening event was attended by around 250 guests including Friends of the Dowse (Hutt City’s art museum), city councillors, local MPs, members ...
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