Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2018 – Apply Now…

UPDATE: This has happened. We’re looking for young Maori and Pacific Islanders who are passionate about improving their communities and countries! If you’re between the ages of 25-35, apply today to attend our Young Pacific Leaders conference in Hawaii in January.  Apply by 3 NOVEMBER here ! More Information: The fifth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Honolulu, Hawai‘i will take ...
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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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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 ...
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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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#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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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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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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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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Vice President Biden is Coming to New Zealand

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2016 Vice President Biden travels to Los Angeles California, Honolulu, Hawaii, Melbourne & Sydney Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. On July 13, 2016, following the Vice President’s remarks on trade enforcement in San Diego, California, he will travel to Los Angeles, California to ...
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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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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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Memorial Day 2016

May 29: U.S. Ambassador Gilbert, Nancy Gilbert and the U.S. Consul General attended the 68th annual U.S. Memorial Day commemoration service at the  Auckland War Memorial Museum on Sunday, May 29. The Ambassador laid a wreath and accepted on behalf of the Embassy a United States flag folded by U.S. veterans. Attendance at the event numbered around 100 – veterans ...
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Wellington Memorial Day events 2016

May 28-30: Re-post from The Kapiti U.S. Marines Trust website : Memorial Weekend 2016 (May 28-30) promises a heritage weekend with a difference for those who want to re-live the days from 1942-44 when U.S.Marines out-numbered locals in parts of Kapiti by 15-1. This is a great opportunity for those who lived through these times, their ...
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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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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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2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge

NASA Space Apps Challenge is a 48-hour multi-disciplinary global weekend hackathon—for developers, entrepreneurs, astronomers, coders, marketers, product designers, data analysts, engineers, artists, enthusiasts etc. You don’t need to be an expert about space, just willing to work cooperatively as team to come up with creative solutions to one of the challenges set by the international ...
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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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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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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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TEDxWellington – Charles Babb talks Gaming and the Importance of Diversification

The U.S. Embassy were proud to host Charles Babb in Wellington, New Zealand to speak at TEDxWellington 2016. Charles is the Founder of Fairchild Consortium – a firm that has seasoned creatives and industry veterans venturing into Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality development. Charles Babb’s TEDx talk will be available in the coming weeks on the TEDx YouTube channel , ...
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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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A Kiwi Thanksgiving for the Hungry

By Raphael Solomon, Public Affairs Intern at U.S. Embassy Wellington. As a local kiwi working with the Embassy, it is fun to experience some of those quintessential American customs. They are the classic tropes that you always see on TV, but it’s still a bit intriguing to see that they really exist beyond that. Last week was ...
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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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Poetry, American diva Renée Fleming and WoW.

By Caroline Toplis, Public Affairs, Wellington. September was a very cultural month for Embassy Wellington with a number of interesting visitors coming to town. We’ve had stimulating conversations and a peek into the world of New York publishing with Jonathan Galassi; soaring voices and more than a touch of glamor with Renée Fleming; and a ...
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Delighted to support TEDxChristchurch 2015

The Embassy is delighted to support TEDxChristchurch this year, held in Christchurch at the majestic Theatre Royal. UPDATE: View photos from this event on FlickR . text from TedxChristchurch.com: TEDxChristchurch 2015: Think Again will be a stunning, one-day event like no other in Christchurch! At TEDxChristchurch, curious, open, passionate people come together to be intrigued, inspired, provoked and ...
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Entrepreneurship Expertise from NYC

Social impact entrepreneur Soraya Darabi spent a week in New Zealand, September 1-4, speaking to audiences and groups about managing change and scaling startups in an Embassy funded program. In Auckland Soraya headlined Project:Connect (a tech/entrepreneurship/innovation seminar series, of which the Embassy is a founding partner) at AUT University to two audiences totaling over 250, ...
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U.S. Universities Expo 2015 – Auckland and Wellington

The world is filled with different perspectives, people, and experiences, and we cannot truly live in this world if we do not see it. An international education will open your eyes to others, and in turn to yourself.” – Sylvia from Auckland. Following the success of the previous two years, this third annual U.S. Universities ...
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Pacific’s ‘Future Leaders’ Gather in Auckland

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Consulate Auckland. Fifty ‘Future Leaders’ from 19 Pacific Islands (#FPL15), including 30 New Zealand based participants, gathered in Auckland in early September for a four-day conference on social entrepreneurship and leadership. An important goal was to connect participants with Pacific diaspora communities in Auckland, the city with the largest Pacific ...
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Acclaimed National Geographic wildlife photographer Brian Skerry talks with us

Guest post by Brian Skerry, National Geographic. We caught up with acclaimed National Geographic wildlife photographer Brian Skerry ahead of his visit to New Zealand, Australia and Singapore to headline the winter series of National Geographic Live Pacific coming to Auckland and Wellington in October (details below). He talks with us about some of his most memorable experiences and what drives ...
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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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Soraya Darabi is coming to NZ – How to lead the audacious change needed to keep your company relevant

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. The U.S. Embassy are excited to host Soraya Darabi in early September for the next Project Connect event. Soraya will speak at AUT University on September 1 on the topic “how to lead the audacious change needed to keep your company relevant”. Further details can be found at ...
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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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Looking back to the Opening of the Matariki Festival

By U.S. Ambassador, Mark Gilbert. A little while back I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the official opening of the Matariki Festival at the Dawn Karakia, alongside Auckland Mayor Len Brown and prominent Maori leaders. I had heard about the Matariki Festival prior to my arrival in New Zealand, and Nancy and I were excitedly ...
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