Earth Day 2018: U.S. Embassy support for environmental projects in New Zealand and the South Pacific

This week marks Earth Day, a day where we celebrate the ingenuity of those making tangible efforts to protect our environment. Now celebrated worldwide and officially observed by the UN, Earth Day began in the United States in 1970 as a response to public concern over rising pollution levels and anger over a massive oil ...
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Turn the Plastic Tide—for Seabirds, the Environment, and Human Health

When the United States Embassy in New Zealand asks if you’ll do an Earth Day post about impacts of mismanaged waste on the global environment—with a focus on seabirds—what do you do? Quick, call  Lilly Sedaghat  and  Steph Borrelle ! Sedaghat is one of my four fellow Fellows ( 2017-2018 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows , that is), currently studying waste management in Taiwan. Borrelle is ...
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Earth Day 2018: Celebrating Kiwi-American cooperation in tackling environmental challenges

April 22nd celebrates Earth Day; a day to raise awareness of current environmental challenges and celebrate progress in environmental protection over the past decades. New Zealand and the United States share a long history of scientific cooperation, particularly in environmental science, and working together to tackle environmental issues – as a result, science is a ...
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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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The world’s largest marine protected area goes into force in the Ross Sea

The Department of State welcomes the entry into force of the Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area (MPA) – the world’s largest – covering 1.55 million square kilometers (about twice the size of the State of Texas or about 7% of the Southern Ocean), of which 1.12 million square kilometers is fully protected. The Ross ...
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Helping EcoQuest carry out important research on one of New Zealand’s rare and endemic species

Guest blog by David Clarke of the EcoQuest Education Foundation. EcoQuest Education Foundation Te Rarangahau Taiao (EcoQuest) is a Charitable Trust, registered with the Charities Commission. We have a commitment to service learning, providing students from the United States with opportunities for learning through real life case studies and research in a new environment in ...
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A Touch of Magic – Rameka Carbon Forest

Guest blog post by Rameka Carbon Forest volunteers. In 2016, a U.S. Embassy small grant award added the perfect touch of magic to ensure that our reforestation project could bloom – helping to transform the Rameka Carbon Forest just like Cinderella turned into the belle of the ball.    The ugly duckling Planting may seem ...
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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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Charge d’Affaires Candy Green visits the NIWA’s Lauder Station on March 24 2017

Charge d’Affaires Candy Green, along with embassy staff, visited the NIWA ‘s Lauder Station on March 24 2017. Lauder Station is one of the five leading atmospheric research stations in the world. Lauder continues to lead global scientific efforts tracking the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer, and now has a growing role at the forefront of ...
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U.S. Antarctic Icebreaker visits New Zealand

While docked at Lyttelton, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star assisted the New Zealand Defence Force and the New Zealand Police throughout the night in providing assistance as needed in cordoned areas affected by the recent fire in the Christchurch Port Hills.   U.S. Antarctic Icebreaker to visit New Zealand. U.S. Embassy ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks After Returning From Antarctica

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Christchurch International Airport Christchurch, New Zealand November 12, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Hi, everybody. How are you? QUESTION: Hi there. QUESTION: Welcome back to New Zealand. SECRETARY KERRY: Well, let me just say what an extraordinary experience it was and how impressed I am by the remarkable commitment of so ...
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Secretary Kerry Travels to Antarctica, New Zealand, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Peru

From state.gov. For the latest visit State.gov. Photos from the trip» Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Antarctica, New Zealand, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, and Peru from November 10 – November 18.   From November 10-12, Secretary Kerry travels to Antarctica, where he will visit McMurdo Station, the largest research station of the U.S. Antarctic Program, as well as surrounding areas on Ross Island, ...
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#NationalParksUSNZ Photo Competition

UPDATE: The Contest is now CLOSED. Thanks for all your stunning #NationalParksUSNZ entries, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service . Find out who the winner is right here . *** On October 4, 2016, the Embassy will launch a photo competition, #NationalParksUSNZ, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. The winning entry’s prize includes a $400 gift card to REI (a well ...
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Talking Crisis Management and Security with Youth Council and Robert Jensen

By Daniel Millward, U.S. Embassy Youth Council Member. Risk is a fact of our everyday lives.  But what happens when an everyday risk becomes a one-off crisis?  The Auckland Youth Council met with a master of the science (and art) of risk mitigation and crisis management – and learned he had some, but not all ...
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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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President Obama Announces New Policies to Promote Conservation & Build Resilience to Climate Change

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 01, 2016 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces New Policies to Promote Conservation and Build Resilience to Climate Change, with a focus on Pacific Islands In celebration of today’s opening of the World Conservation Congress, which the United States is hosting for the first time, President Obama ...
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A Day in the Life of Promoting Fire Island National Seashore Park

A guest blog post by Elizabeth Rogers from the National Park Service. Most mornings you can find me sipping coffee, thumbing through email and checking Fire Island National Seashore’s Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram pages on my mobile phone. The tiny red bubbles notifying me of likes, comments, and shares make me smile. It is encouraging to ...
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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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Journey to the Last Frontier

Over the next year, leading up to the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary , our virtual intern, Ryan Valencia , will be publishing blog posts on various U.S. National Parks. This time, Ryan takes us to the Denali National Park and Preserve . * * * Journey to the Last Frontier, by Ryan Valencia. At this very moment, Americans from across the mainland are preparing to escape to the ...
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Travel to a Prehistoric Paradise

Over the next year, leading up to the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary , our virtual intern, Ryan Valencia , will be publishing blog posts on various U.S. National Parks. This time, Ryan takes us to the  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park . * * * Travel to a Prehistoric Paradise, by Ryan Valencia. Imagine a dense fog-filled jungle, full of exotic birds of every color singing from 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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U.S. Embassy Wellington Call for Proposals

The U.S. Embassy in Wellington announces a small grants funding opportunity of up to $5,000 USD for projects in the realm of Environment, Science, Technology, and Health. 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 to national goals ...
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From Foggy Bottom to the High Seas: Ocean Diplomacy from an Intern’s Perspective

Repost from DipNote – by Nicole B. Grajewski. In the State Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), a day in the office could mean a day onboard a traditional Polynesian double-hulled canoe with an Under Secretary of State, Foreign Service Officers, international diplomats, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. While the inner-workings ...
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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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US Embassy Staff & Friends Visit Kapiti Island

By Victoria Triegaardt, Public Affairs Intern, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. U.S. Embassy Staff & Friends Visit Kapiti Island to Take Part in the Unveiling Of New Information Panels. Two weeks back was National Park Week in the U.S. and in celebration the U.S. Embassy joined the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) to unveil new signs on Kapiti ...
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Celebrating 100 Years of the U.S. National Parks Service with New Zealand Friends at Tongariro

Office of Public Affairs U.S. Embassy, Wellington Tongariro, New Zealand’s oldest National Park, has been chosen as the site for a celebration to mark a century of U.S. National Parks. “National Parks engage communities through recreation, conservation, historic and cultural preservation. They highlight values we share with the people of New Zealand,” says U.S. Ambassador ...
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New Frontiers 2016: A Heartfelt Thank You

U.S. and New Zealand entrepreneurs, creative technologists, educators and investors visited New Zealand for the 2016 New Frontiers conference held in Whiteman’s Valley between February 12-26, 2016. The programming of New Frontiers was designed with three overarching themes: Planet, Story, and Economy. Each day featured a mix of U.S. and local keynote talks, in-depth panel discussions, open ...
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WAHINE TOA: Jackie Colliar

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. On the riverbank where the Waipa and Waikato rivers meet in Ngaruawahia, I met our next Wahine Toa, Jackie Colliar.  She represents a rare but growing group in New Zealand –female Māori engineers.  As an Environmental Engineer at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) coupled with ...
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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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Explore the Grand Canyon of the Old West

Over the next year of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary , our new virtual intern, Ryan , will be publishing blog posts on various U.S. National Parks. The first was on the great Yellowstone National Park . Today he talks to us about the Grand Canyon. *** Explore the Grand Canyon of the Old West, by Ryan Valencia. At the heart of the ...
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Protecting the Ocean’s Last Great Frontier – Ross Sea

Repost from DipNote – Posted by Judith Garber, November 24, 2015. The Ross Sea is not going to make your short list for beach vacations. It is far away.  It has no resorts.  And it is really, really cold. While this 3.6 million square kilometer expanse of Antarctic waters may not be hospitable to humans, it is ideal for many plants and animals from emperor penguins, ...
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Charting a Course Toward Pacific Climate Resiliency

Repost from DipNote by Richard Edwards. Climate change is already impacting the people of the Pacific. In Papua New Guinea, families are struggling to access water and put food on the table because of a severe drought. In Samoa, the owner of a modest beachfront resort has watched for years as her property erodes, with ...
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Discover America’s Cowboy Country

Over the next year, leading up to the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary , our new virtual intern will be publishing blog posts on various U.S. National Parks. The first is the great Yellowstone National Park . But first, a little bit about Ryan… My name is Ryan Valencia and I am in my final year at the Penn State University in Pennsylvania, ...
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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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#ActOnClimate

On October 20, Ambassador Mark Gilbert  addressed business leaders at the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference in Auckland. He spoke about one of our key foreign policy priorities – mitigating climate change and working together to #ActOnClimate. Recently Secretary of State John Kerry addressed world leaders at the Our Ocean Conference in Chile, ...
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