The 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The United States welcomes companies of all sizes, from established multinationals to high-growth startups. The SelectUSA Investment Summit brings the diversity of the United States together under one roof – enabling any business to find the people, resources, and market it needs to be successful. The 8th annual SelectUSA Investment Summit promotes the United States as the world’s …

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Niue celebrates Constitution Day

Fakaalofa lahi atu kia mutolu oti. Much greetings to you all. On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Niue as you celebrate your forty-sixth Constitution Day on October 19. The hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic have proven a challenge for us all.  As we adapt to a changed …

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The US and New Zealand – Kiwi youth explore the connection.

Guest blog post by U.S. Embassy Youth Councilor, James Fleury. 65 young Kiwi leaders from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin met for the US Embassy Youth Council Conference in the capital last week. The three-day conference allowed the participants to build connections with fellow youth councillors from the different cities, diplomats, embassy staff and several …

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PPE Samoa bound

A shipment of U.S. government-funded medical supplies leaves Auckland this afternoon bound for Samoa. Ambassador Scott Brown, U.S. Ambassador to both Samoa and New Zealand, says he was honored to have the opportunity to assist with packing out the shipment. “The PPE we’re sending includes nearly 100,000 pairs of gloves, tens of thousands of masks, …

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Joint Statement on United States – New Zealand Virtual Strategic Dialogue

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 23, 2020. The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and New Zealand on the occasion of the 2020 U.S.-NZ Virtual Strategic Dialogue. Begin Text: United States Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Mr. David …

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Gail and Ambassador Brown visit Queenstown

Gail and Ambassador Brown visited NZ’s international visitor centerpiece – Queenstown, in the South Island’s Central Lakes District  in late June – their first substantive visit to the provinces after COVID lock-down. Ambassador Brown called on the Chamber of Commerce to be briefed on the business situation following the COVID outbreak.  The Ambassador suggested the …

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Young Kiwis get the inside scoop on U.S. politics by top professor

Guest blog post by James Fleury from the U.S. Embassy Youth Council  Fifty members of the U.S. Embassy Youth Council had the chance to learn the finer details of the US political system from Professor Todd Belt, Director of Political Management at George Washington University. The US Embassy Youth Council has members from across New …

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Memorial Day Service 2020

This Memorial Day ceremony is a little different…as the world is facing an unprecedented global pandemic. So on this Memorial Day, along with our military, I would also like to recognize & remember those front line health care workers, emergency medical personnel, police, and everyday Americans & New Zealanders who have given their lives to …

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Passing of Ambassador Matthew J. Matthews

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 20, 2020. We are deeply saddened by the passing on May 20 of Ambassador Matthew J. Matthews and, on behalf of the Department of State, I offer our deepest condolences to his family. Ambassador Matthews had a long and distinguished career in the State Department and was admired by all with whom …

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Anzac Day 2020

Anzac Day PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 23, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I am honored to send our best wishes to the people of Australia and New Zealand on Anzac Day this April 25. Today we stand together to honor the memory of the courageous heroes of Gallipoli. We also acknowledge the brave …

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Ambassador Scott Brown – Statement on COVID-19

From United States Ambassador Scott Brown:  “My team and I have been in close contact with the New Zealand Government since we all became aware of COVID-19. All countries around the world are doing everything they can to deal with this virus. As we must.  “The United States and many other countries are imposing travel …

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On the Passing of Former New Zealand Prime Minister Mike Moore

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 4, 2020 State.gov On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend my sincerest condolences on the passing of former New Zealand Prime Minister and World Trade Organization Director-General Mike Moore. Former Prime Minister Moore dedicated his life to serving his country at home and …

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SelectUSA Investment Summit – what is it all about?

Before we get into what the SelectUSA Summit is all about, let’s hear from two New Zealanders who travelled as part of U.S. Ambassador Brown’s delegation to SelectUSA Summit 2019. Melissa Gollan, Founder of RipGlobal – USA Select Summit attendee 2019: “What better team could you travel to the USA with than the USA Embassy home …

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2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum Showcases High-Standard U.S. Investment

Over 1,000 business and government leaders from the United States and across the Indo-Pacific region gathered on November 4 in Bangkok for the Indo-Pacific Business Forum to promote the value of high-standard investment, transparency, rule of law, and private-sector-led economic development. The nearly 200 U.S. business executives in attendance represented some of the world’s most …

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New Zealand remembers September 11

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Consulate Auckland. New Zealand remembers September 11 with a viral haka, an Auckland Sky Tower stair climb, a visit from the New York Fire Department and more…  In the week leading up to the Auckland commemoration of the 9/11 attacks, the United States Embassy and Consulate were pleased to …

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Readout of Secretary of Defense Esper’s Meeting with NZ Minister of Defence Ronald Mark

U.S. Department of Defense Aug. 5, 2019 News Release Press Operations Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met with New Zealand’s Minister for Defence Ronald Mark in Auckland today to discuss the U.S.-New Zealand defense relationship. The two discussed shared collaboration on regional security issues, particularly in the Pacific Islands, and areas to strengthen U.S.-New …

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Implementation of the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act

Press Release. United States Ambassador Scott Brown is delighted to join New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, in announcing the full implementation of the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors (KIWI) Act. “From next Monday, June 10, eligible Kiwis will be able to get online and apply for a new class …

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Evisa – Good for business (op-ed)

By U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown. NZ Herald op-ed . If there’s one thing my time in Aotearoa has underscored for me is how engaged Kiwis are in the world. Kiwis love to travel. The great OE is almost a rite of passage. New Zealanders travel for pleasure and they travel for business. Thousands of New Zealanders use our …

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E-1 & E-2 Visas

We are Rocking a New Visa: What are E-1 and E-2 visas? Treaty Trader (E-1) and Treaty Investor (E-2) visas are for citizens of countries with which the United States maintains treaties of commerce and navigation, including New Zealand. To find out if your business qualifies, what you need to apply, and how to apply, visit our overview page here.

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Congressional Delegation visits New Zealand

Five U.S. Senators from the Senate Appropriations Committee visiting New Zealand as part of a regional tour. They will be meeting with a wide range of people from the public and private sectors, and from academia, to discuss US-NZ bilateral relations, economics, business, agriculture, and regional security. As well as being members of the Appropriations …

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We’re heartbroken over the events in Christchurch – Kia kaha

U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown The horror of the senseless terrorist attacks perpetrated in Christchurch cannot be overstated. The innocent victims (may peace be upon them), who were doing nothing more than exercising their freedom to worship, will never be forgotten. The murderers who assaulted these houses of faith in Christchurch attacked all of us – our …

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Recruitment for 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Embassy Led Eight Companies to 2018 Investment Event Seeking Business Opportunities in United States.  Press Release, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – Ambassador Scott Brown today announced he is recruiting companies to join the New Zealand business delegation 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, June 10-12, in Washington, D.C. The Investment Summit promotes the United States as the world’s premier …

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Women of Courage by Gail Huff Brown

At the U.S. Embassy, New Zealand we are reflecting and celebrating International Women’s Day with #womenofcourage. Over the past 18 months, Mrs. Gail Huff Brown, wife to Ambassador Scott Brown and previously a professional TV news reporter, has been interviewing outstanding women and publishing the “Pacific Women Leaders” blog. This blog , published on the U.S. …

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PDAS Murphy in NZ to reaffirm the strength & bright future of the U.S.-NZ relationship

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) Murphy from the Bureau of East Asian & Pacific (EAP) Affairs was in Wellington recently to continue close consultations with senior New Zealand officials to reaffirm the strength & bright future of the U.S. – NZ relationship.

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Pacific Women Leaders: Vania Wolfgramm

By Gail Brown. For the next blog post in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Vania Wolfgramm. Vania is a former rugby player for the famous Black Ferns.  She loves the sport. Now, as the Women’s Rugby Development Manager at New Zealand Rugby (NZR), her job is to share her passion for rugby with other young …

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New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters with Secretary Pompeo & VP Pence

State.gov readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 17, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: ‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters at the Department of State. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Peters for New Zealand’s continued support in working towards the final, fully verified …

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U.S. Memorial for Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Unveiled

Press Release U.S. Embassy Wellington. The U.S. Memorial unveiled today at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park cements the long-standing relationship between the United States and New Zealand, Tamsin Evans, Deputy Chief Executive Delivery, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage said today. “Pukeahu is a special place for New Zealanders and visitors to reflect on …

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Pacific Women Leaders: Vanessa Masoa

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Vanessa Masoa – Rugby player. Mentor. By profession, Vanessa Masoa is a Careers Development Consultant to the Tertiary Education Commission (formerly Careers New Zealand). By passion, Vanessa Masoa is a determined competitor who loves the adrenaline rush of playing rugby. She now …

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SelectUSA Summit – The World’s Top Investment Destination

SelectUSA is on in Washington D.C., June 10-12, 2019. Save the date and Apply Now  selectusasummit.us/ What is SelectUSA? SelectUSA is the U.S. Department of Commerce-led program to promote and facilitate business investment into the United States.  Since its inception, SelectUSA has facilitated $45.5 billion in client-verified investment, creating and/or retaining tens of thousands of U.S. jobs. SelectUSA’s mission is to facilitate job-creating business …

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Pacific Women Leaders: Fiafia Rex

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Fiafia Rex – founder of Oma Tafua (To Treasure Whales). Endangered whales have a special friend on the tiny island of Niue, deep in the Pacific Ocean. Her name is Fiafia Rex and she founded Oma Tafua, The Whale Conservation in Niue …

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Ambassador Brown’s first visit to Blenheim and the Marlborough region

Ambassador Scott Brown enjoyed his first visit to Blenheim and the Marlborough region as part of his ongoing program of outreach to the provincial centers of New Zealand.  He was met by guide for the day, local Member of Parliament Stuart Smith, and kicked off the visit with a courtesy call at the Regional Council …

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U.S. Ambassador visits Southland

U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown made his first trip to Southland. Welcomed to Invercargill by Nigel Skelt manager of ILT Stadium Southland and  Sarah Dowie MP , U.S. Ambassador Brown had a jam-packed schedule. First it was off to the world-class ILT  Stadium Southland /SIT Velodrome. The Ambassador had the privilege to meet up with the Invercargill  Verdon College  track cycling team and then ride …

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NZ students now eligible for NASA Internships

New Zealand Government Press Release Hon David Parker Minister for Economic Development. New Zealand tertiary students will be offered the chance to participate in NASA’s International Internships Programme, under an agreement between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and NASA. “Through the programme, high-achieving students will have the opportunity to work in NASA’s best and most …

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Ambassador Brown’s busy day in Rotorua

Ambassador Brown had a successful day in Rotorua: where he reached out to local iwi Te Arawa, visited a company with significant trade with the United States, was the keynote speaker at a business lunch hosted by local MP Hon Todd McClay, and enjoyed a ride down the Redwood Forest on a NZ-designed U.S.-produced high …

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Commander U.S. INDOPACOM visits New Zealand

Press Release U.S. Embassy, Wellington. Admiral Phil Davidson, the Commander of USINDOPACOM, has arrived in New Zealand for an official visit to meet with senior leaders in the New Zealand government and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Admiral Davidson assumed command of USINDOPACOM on May 30 of this year. This is his first visit to New Zealand …

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Signing of the KIWI Act

“This is a historic day for the United States and New Zealand partnership…” – Ambassador Scott Brown. Press Release, U.S. Embassy Welllington, August 2nd, 2018. Ambassador Scott P. Brown strongly welcomes President Trump signing the Knowledgeable Innovators and Worthy Investors Act, or KIWI Act, into law today in Washington, D.C. The KIWI Act will allow eligible New Zealand nationals to …

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Fieldays 2018. Acu-POLARIS detects the causes of mastitis in dairy cows in 3 ½ hours or less

Many of New Zealand’s close friends and partners, like the United States, recognise Fieldays as an opportunity for companies to showcase their products and services to the rural sector. Fieldays 2018, recently held in Hamilton, New Zealand on June 13 – 16 proved to be just that! There is no question that Innovative technologies are …

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Mid-Winter Antarctic Celebration and the President’s Mid-Winter message

U.S. Embassy staff attended the NZ Antarctic Society’s annual Mid-Winter Antarctic Celebration at Victoria University on June 20.  Notable Antarctic figures such as Randall Heke shared stories from their time on the Ice and discussed ongoing research with the current team.  Attendees were lucky enough to be able to ask questions of researchers at Scott …

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The Ambassador’s busy day in Hamilton

On Friday June 8, U.S. Ambassador Scott P. Brown visited Hamilton, New Zealand’s fourth city by size and the country’s largest inland center, for a program ahead of Fieldays. He started by catching up with Mayor Andrew King, who shared some interesting perspectives on the opportunities and challenges faced by Hamilton. Being a huge Rocky Horror Picture …

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Scott Brown: Pacific’s neighbourhood watch

Via NZ Herald. People that only do good things when someone is watching are really in it for themselves. Altruism by definition is motived by concern for others. Since my arrival here, I’ve had the privilege of seeing Kiwi generosity and strong independence in action, as you make quiet contributions to the benefit of your neighbours. We know …

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Warbirds, Police Dogs, Seeds, Community Service and Cultural Linkages in Diverse Mainland Visit

In the lead-up to Easter, U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown visited Ashburton, Christchurch, and Wanaka to promote linkages with the United States. In Ashburton on March 28, Ambassador Brown spoke to the local Rotary Club Dinner after visiting the South Island Seed Dressing Company and calling on the local Mayor, Donna Favel, and members of the District Council. …

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Ambassador says thanks for welcome – Op Ed, Cook Island News

Thursday December 07, 2017. Cook Island News. I want to express my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome I received on my introductory trip to the Cook Islands. I met with leaders of government, business and civil society. I learned much about the people, culture and heritage of the Cook Islands. I was impressed by your commitment to preserving your language and …

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Roadie! Ambassador Brown visits the Manawatu.

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. One of the greatest Kiwi traditions is the summer road trip.  Well, it might not be summer just quite yet, but in the spirit of this celebration of the season, Ambassador and Gail Brown jumped in the car and headed off up the island this week, to the …

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The Ambassador visits innovation hubs Mahuki and ProjectR

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. U.S. Ambassador Brown had a follow-up visit on November 6 to two of Wellington’s innovation hubs,   ProjectR  (co-working space for startups in the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality /Mixed Reality space) and  Mahuk i (an innovation accelerator program for startups in Galleries Libraries Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector). The Mahuki residents, in …

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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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Ambassador Brown speaks at Infrastructure NZ’s Building Nations conference 2017

On October 27 at Infrastructure New Zealand’s ‘Building Nations Symposium’ annual conference, Ambassador Scott Brown delivered remarks to an audience of over 300 senior executives and leaders of the infrastructure development sector. In his remarks the Ambassador noted the shared challenges faced by both countries in designing and implementing infrastructure that is both resilient to …

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#USNZYouthCouncil Catchup

By U.S. Embassy Youth Councilor, Victoria Triegaardt. With the new Ambassador settling into his role at the Embassy there’s been a flurry of activity for the U.S. NZ- Youth Council. At the start of September there was a career development morning where the Youth Councilors heard from New Zealand alumni of State Department programs and …

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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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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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Former Ambassador Brown on a Tech Tour of Wellington

Ambassador Brown spent August 1 meeting leaders of New Zealand’s dynamic innovation and start-up sector, an important economic and cultural U.S.-New Zealand link, in Wellington. Start-ups demonstrated their technology and explained where they are seeking to partner with U.S. expertise and investment to grow further. The tech tour included  Mahuki – Innovation Hub of Te PapaCreative HQ   ProjectRBizDojo , and  Xero . Wellington …

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Former 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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Former Ambassador Scott Brown’s inaugural 4th of July Independence Day in New Zealand

Ambassador Scott Brown’s inaugural 4th of July Independence Day in New Zealand with a packed reception at the Hunter Lounge at the Victoria University of Wellington. Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee, represented the New Zealand government and was joined by hundreds of others including Ministers, members of the New Zealand Parliament, military, cultural and media representatives …

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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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Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Scott Brown and his wife Gail.

Join us in welcoming Ambassador-Designate Scott Brown and his wife Gail.  They are arriving in New Zealand shortly and wanted to introduce themselves.  Watch this video to learn more about Ambassador-Designate Brown, his family and career, and why the partnership between the United States and New Zealand is so important.

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Statement from U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert

Just after the strong midnight earthquake shook New Zealand, the United States embassy Wellington went to work to help assess the damage and assist those in need. We successfully connected with all embassy staff and families, and while some minor breakages and small cracks are apparent, everyone is safe and accounted for. We quickly saw …

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Press Availability with Secretary of State, John Kerry and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Premier House Wellington, New Zealand November 13, 2016 from State.gov PRIME MINISTER KEY: Okay, good morning. So we had a great opportunity to welcome Secretary Kerry to New Zealand and to catch up with him after his brief but I’m sure important trip down to Antarctica. Let me just start by …

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Engaging Youth on the road to the U.S. Elections 2016

“How will the new U.S. President affect New Zealand? What is the impact of gerrymandering on the U.S. elections? How does the Electoral College work? Who do you think will win the Presidential Election?” These questions and more have been posed by New Zealand youth in high schools and universities. Students’ questions reflect their interests …

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U.S. Universities Expo 2016 – Auckland and Wellington

By Education USA NZ staff. Students, parents, coaches, and school personnel from across New Zealand met with visiting admissions representatives from American universities as part of the fourth annual U.S. Universities Expo, September 4-6, 2016. The touring university reps visited secondary schools, hosted information sessions, and participated in free public fairs in Auckland and Wellington. …

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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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U.S. Ambassador Gilbert and Alex Dunlap Team up to Coach Kiwi Baseball Students

By Alex Dunlap, Winter Fellow, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. The Baseball New Zealand 13 and under team recently completed tournament play in the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, Maryland.  This year, the tournament field consisted of 10 champions from across the United States and 8 international teams representing Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, the …

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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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Remarks of Ambassador Mark Gilbert at the 240th Anniversary of American Independence Day

Remarks of Ambassador Mark Gilbert on the Occasion of the 240th Anniversary of American Independence Day, July 7, 2016 E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā manuhiri taiea Kia ora koutou katoa Tēnā koutou mai tōku whenua America Tēnā koutou mai tōku Rangatira Matua Barack Obama Ko ngā Rocky Mountains ōku Maunga Ko te …

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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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President Obama and U.S. Ambassador Gilbert on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. …

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NZDF PERSONNEL JOIN LARGEST HUMANITARIAN MISSION IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

NZDF Media Release Nine New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel have embarked on the US naval hospital ship USNS Mercy as they take part in the largest multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) mission to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Wing Commander (WGCDR) Michelle White, who is the Senior National Officer of the NZDF contingent and …

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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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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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Ambassador Gilbert Speaks at Mount Albert Grammer School

The afternoon of May 9th Ambassador Gilbert spoke at a Mount Albert Grammar School senior assembly in Auckland. Speaking of his three favorite U.S. presidents, Ambassador Gilbert also discussed the election process with school prefects. This opportunity also allowed Ambassador Gilbert the chance to meet Mount Albert Grammar’s new Headmaster, Patrick Drumm, and recognize Head …

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A Warm Dunedin Welcome for Nancy and Ambassador Gilbert

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. On April 13 and 14, 2016 the U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife, Mrs. Nancy Gilbert, made their first official visit to Dunedin, New Zealand. The Gilberts met with a cross section of Dunedin’s government, business, university, and civil society sectors. It was a …

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Google employee #43 and Venture Capitalist, Jeremy Wenokur, meets with NZ entrepreneurs

By Mike Cousins, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Google employee #43 (and now Silicon Valley entrepreneur/investor) Jeremy Wenokur was in New Zealand earlier this week to listen to and give startup advice to some of New Zealand’s young entrepreneurs. Jeremy’s NZ program included a roundtable (the kitchen table to be exact!) discussion with  GRID Auckland  startup residents, a Project Connect fireside chat …

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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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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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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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Cooley Law Krinock Lecture

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. The University of Waikato Law School—Te Piringa in partnership with the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School invited Ambassador Gilbert to meet law students and give the annual Krinock Lecture on February 2, 2016. Ambassador Gilbert’s lecture was entitled “Turning countries and businesses into people: the …

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Hello Hamilton!

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland On February 2, 2016,  U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert and Auckland Consul General Melanie Higgins had a day trip to Hamilton to meet with the local government, businesses, iwi and the university. It was a fun-filled day to learn more about existing U.S. and New Zealand connections …

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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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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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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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Coloring the Ambassador’s halls: Visiting artist Susan Swartz

By Raphael Solomon, Public Affairs Intern, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. Beautiful things can bring people together like little else. Sometimes art, music and cultural exchange can be just as important to diplomacy as trade deals and defense treaties. This has been recognized since President John F. Kennedy first formalized the Art in Embassies program in 1963 …

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Friends Helping Friends

On Monday October 19 Ambassador Mark Gilbert paid a visit to the National New Zealand Fire Service Headquarters in Wellington. He was hosted by Kevin O’Connor, National Rural Fire Authority Officer, and Paul McGill, Deputy National Commander of The New Zealand Fire Service, and expressed the deep appreciation of the United States government for the …

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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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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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Wahine Toa: Lynell Huria

By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Last month I embarked on a long-term program called Wahine Toa (Women Leaders) to meet with, learn about, and highlight to our blog readers some extraordinary women Maori leadership and their significant contributions throughout the country. In the first blog of the series, I met trailblazer …

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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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Kia ora Aotearoa!

By U.S. Ambassador, Mark Gilbert. Yesterday was a memorable and proud day for me and my family as I officially began my Ambassadorship to New Zealand. We arrived at Government House in the late morning and were graced with a traditional Maori pōwhiri welcome and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Guard of Honour salute. …

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