Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2020

We’re looking for young leaders who are passionate about improving their communities, countries and the Pacific region! If you’re between the ages of 25-35, apply today to attend our Young Pacific Leaders conference in Papua New Guinea from 21-24 April 2020.  Apply by 3 February here ! More Information: The 7th Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Papua New Guinea will take place 21-24 April 2020 through …

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Dr James To on his IVLP experience – building dynamic connections and friendships

“It’s a real privilege to be a part of this global union, to develop and build dynamic connections and friendships with common interests – this is one part of my life where I’m definitely not looking back.” – Dr. James To, 2019 U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Making IVLP participant. Dr. To recently returned from International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) …

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Damon on his IVLP experience

“…I now have a large worldwide network of 43 counties and people that I can directly go to, to work in collaboration with them to reduce the threat to our various nations.” Damon recently returned from his International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the United States where he explored the underlying issues of terrorism threat, violence and extremism alongside …

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Kiwi, Sarah Lang’s IVLP experience in the U.S.

In September 2019, Sarah Lang took part in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in the U.S. on Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. We are delighted that she has offered to share her experience on the trip she took in September. *** Background My name is Sarah Lang and I had the honour of being selected for an International …

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Calling NZ-based Secondary School Educators…

Calling New Zealand-based Secondary School Educators: Apply for a fully-funded 2020 exchange program in the United States. Apply by Monday, January 06, 2020 at 5pm New Zealand time using this online form. What is the program about? The five-week Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours. Their purpose …

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NZ-based University Faculty, Scholars, Academic Professionals…

Calling all NZ-based University Faculty, Scholars, Academic Professionals: Apply for a fully-funded 2020 exchange program in the United States. Apply by Monday, January 06, 2020 at 5pm New Zealand time using this online form. What is the program about? Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours.  Their …

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International Education Week – Step 5: Prepare for Your Departure

Now that you have your student visa, you need to start planning for your arrival in the United States. Booking your travel from your home town to your university is just one part of that process. Here are a few things to consider: Attend a Pre-Departure Orientation. EducationUSA advising centers organize live or virtual pre-departure …

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International Education Week – Step 4: Apply for Your Student Visa

Yesterday we talked about completing your university application. Congratulations! Now that you have been admitted to a U.S. university you will need to apply for a student visa. You can watch this video to learn more about applying for your student visa: Once you are ready to apply for your visa, visit: ustraveldocs.com/nz/ for information about …

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International Education Week – Step 3: Complete Your Application

By the time you have researched your options and thought of ways to finance your study, you should have a short list of institutions in which you’d like to apply. A good goal is to have 3-6 institutions on your short list, including a range of selectivity. Applying for U.S. study is a task that …

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International Education Week – Step 2: Finance your studies

If you want to study in the U.S., it is important to think about how you will finance your studies. This often goes hand-in-hand with Step 1: Research Your Options. At the same time you are researching universities for best overall fit, you should also be considering potential funding and scholarship opportunities. University is a …

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International Education Week – Step 1: Research your Options

The United States is home to more than 4,000 universities. With so many options to choose from, deciding where to start can be overwhelming. The first step is to research your opportunities and learn more about the U.S. higher education system. It is important to find a school that fits your needs, priorities, and long-term …

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Covert and Carter – why the U.S. is a great option for Kiwi entrepreneurs to look to for business opportunities.

In the latest in the embassy podcast series , Deputy Chief of Mission Kevin Covert had a conversation with Political/Economic Officer Nathan Carter, on why the U.S. is a great option for Kiwi entrepreneurs to look to for business opportunities. Covert and Carter briefly touch on the E-1 and E-2 Visas for business (and give examples of successful …

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Entrepreneur Ana File-Heather looks back on her IVLP experience

Between September 7 – September 27, Ana File-Heather took part in the International Visitor Leadership Program’s Women and Entrepreneurship exchange.  Ana is from Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, and is very active in her community as both a volunteer and local business operator.  You can check out her profile on our Pacific Women Leader’s Blog here .  We are delighted …

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Creative Futures – student reflections

Deputy Chief of Mission, Kevin Covert, attended the Creative Futures industry meet-and-greet at  The Roxy Cinema , and experienced some of the ground-breaking digital interactions on display – including Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders, & works by speakers from  Disney  &  Weta Digital . The Embassy was proud to support Miramar Creative ’s Creative Futures conference – the two-day event offered insights into new technologies and demonstrated …

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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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Cook Islands: SEA Camp for Young Pacific Leaders

In August 2019, the U.S. Embassy and Te Ipukarea Society (a Cook Islands NGO) conducted a Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp for emerging ocean science leaders in the Cook Islands. Through a two-day series of workshops experts encouraged 40 emerging Cook Island leaders to pursue careers in ocean sciences, technology, engineering and math. Opening …

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Auckland fire – notary appointments moved

Due to the fire in the Central Business District of Auckland, the U.S. Consulate General Auckland will be closed to the public on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. For applicants who were planning to visit the Consulate for our open Wednesday notary appointments from 11 am – 12 pm, you are authorized entry to complete notary …

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Project Connect: Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath

On Tuesday, 15 October 2019, former US/NZ Youth Councillor Lit Wei Chin attended a Project Connect presentation at AUT University.  The guest speaker was renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath.  The author of several books and an expert on human thought and learning, Dr. Horvath spoke for an hour and fielded questions from a …

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Pacific Women Leaders: Lina Chang

By Gail Brown. For the next blog post in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Lina Chang. Lina Chang has earned the title of “Mamma” after helping more than 500 children throughout Samoa.  In 2005, Chang opened the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) which remains Samoa’s only support organization for children who are abused, abandoned, or …

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U.S. Engagement in the Pacific Islands: UN General Assembly Update

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 3, 2019 On September 27, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced $65 million in new assistance at a meeting with Pacific Island leaders in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly.  This new assistance is in addition to $36.5 million announced at the  50th Pacific Islands Forum  in August, as well as approximately …

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My SUSI experience was all that – and more than – I hoped it would be

SUSI Summer Teacher Programme, 2019, by Sam Englebretsen. From 8 June to 13 July I was fortunate to participate in the 2019 ‘Study of the United States Institute for Secondary Educators’ (SUSI programme) based at Amherst, Massachusetts. As part of a group of 18 secondary school teachers from all around the world, I spent five …

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DV-2021 Program: Online Registration

DV-2021 Program: The revised online registration period for the DV-2021 Program begins on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).  Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified. Find our more about the Diversity Visa Program here. Click here for Diversity Visa instructions.   …

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Joint Statement on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace

The following text is a joint statement affirmed by these countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Joint Statement on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace Information technology is transforming modern …

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50th anniversary of Conservation Week – Tracey’s little slice of paradise

On the 50th anniversary of Conservation Week, we are proud to celebrate our recent partnerships with organizations doing great and inspiring work to preserve our Department of Conservation, Garden to Table, Kapiti Marine Reserve Trust , Project Rameka Inc, Remutaka Conservation Trust and Wellington Marine Conservation Trust, to name a few. The Embassy has also supported many other environmental …

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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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Pacific Women Leaders: Ilalegagana Kenesareta Moananu

By Gail Brown. For the next blog post in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Ilalegagana Kenesareta Moananu. As Samoa’s first woman to become a sea captain, Ilalegagana Kenesareta Moananu knows how to push boundaries.  She is the first female captain working for Samoa Shipping Corporation Limited, and she’s constantly advocating for more women to join …

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TEDxChristchurch 2019 Tūrangawaewae – A Place of Belonging

The U.S. Embassy was proud to support TEDxChristchurch i n 2019 – a special event with many captivating and inspirational speakers. Christchurch-based U.S. Embassy Youth Councilor and New Zealand Broadcasting School student, James Fleury, shared his views from his first TEDxChristchurch experience… *** By James Fleury TEDxChristchurch attracted over 1400 people, making it the largest TED conference …

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What do you get when you introduce a legendary culinary figure to a classroom full of budding young chefs?

…a recipe for success! The U.S. Embassy was thrilled to collaborate with the Wellington Culinary Events Trust on their Visa Wellington on a Plate (VWOAP) 2019 program and bring renowned LA-based chef, baker and author, Nancy Silverton, to New Zealand. Chef Nancy is credited with popularizing sourdough and artisan breads in the United States. Nancy …

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7th Fleet P-8A Poseidon aircraft visits New Zealand

By MC1 Robert R. Shanchez, Patrol Squadron 5 (original post: cpf.navy.mil ) OHAKEA, New Zealand – A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, the “Mad Foxes,” visited Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Ohakea, Aug. 11. “We are honored to have the opportunity to visit New Zealand to strengthen our relationship with …

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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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Secretary Esper Travels to Hawaii, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, and Seoul

Press Release. U.S. Department of Defense. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper embarks Friday, Aug 2 to visit Hawaii, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, and Seoul. In Sydney, Secretary Esper will attend the Australia – United States Ministerial Meeting (AUSMIN) where he will join U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in meeting with their Australian counterparts. Throughout his …

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Thousands line up for Airborne Space Observatory tour

Via Metro News Christchurch-based U.S. Embassy Youth Councilor and New Zealand Broadcasting School student, James Fleury, shared his MetroNews article which highlighted the importance of engaging the public on scientific outreach being undertaken by NASA in Christchurch, NZ. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the public, and VIP tour for members of the U.S. Embassy Youth Council, proved a huge success! *** …

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Newly Declassified Material Made Available

As a result of legal proceedings in the United States related to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the U.S. Government has made public video footage pertaining to Operation Burnham and military operations in Afghanistan in 2010. The New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Government had previously requested that the United States Government …

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about E-1 and E-2 Visas

Below are Frequently Asked Questions about E-1 and E-2 Visas. Find out more about this new visa category here. Q: Must the trading company exist and/or the investment have been made before the visa can be issued? A: Trade must already be established at the time of visa application. Investments, however, may be prospective, provided that …

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U.S. State Department Announces 2019 Young Pacific Leaders Grant Recipients

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State has awarded 13 teams with funding through its 2019 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Small Grants Program. The selected teams, representing 11 different Pacific island countries and territories, will receive up to $10,000 to implement projects in the region related to the program’s core themes of education, environment and resource management, …

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Happy World Sea Turtle Day …

By Dolores Prin, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Wellington. My brother-in-law is crazy about turtles. I’m not sure why, or when his passion for the weird reptiles began, but through the years it has given his friends and family an easy out for gift-giving on every occasion. John will always be happy with a turtle-adorned, …

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SOFIA Open Day

NASA’s aircraft SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is in Christchurch and is offering you one chance to tour, between 11am and 3pm on Saturday July 20. The last boarding time is 2:30pm. Find out all the details, including when tickets are available, for a free tour on Eventbrite . What is SOFIA? The Flying Observatory …

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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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New, increased fees for international students, exchange visitors, SEVP-certified schools

From ICE.GOV. WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has finalized changes to fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools. The new fees will take effect June 24, 2019. The fees are an estimate of the current and projected costs to fund SEVP operations, including …

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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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The American Chamber of Commerce Women’s Chapter event

The American Chamber of Commerce Women’s Chapter debuted this morning at a sold out launch event featuring an armchair interview with Dr. Sydney Savion, GM of Learning at  Air New Zealand , led by our very own Deputy Head of Mission Susan Niblock. With the goal of supporting the interests of women doing business in the U.S. and …

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71st annual U.S. Memorial Day

Sunday marked the 71st annual U.S. Memorial Day. A commemoration service was held at  Auckland Museum . U.S. Consul General Katelyn Choe, U.S. Major Andrew Lake, Hon Minister of Defence and Veterans  Ron Mark – NZ First MP , Mayor  Phil Goff , representatives from the  NZ Defence Force , veterans and guests attended the service. Wreaths were laid in honor and remembrance of those who fell in …

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Webinars for Tax Practitioners

A notice from the IRS…click below for details of some handy up-and-coming webinars for Tax Practitioners. Qualified Business Income Deduction (199A) – May 30, 2019 (EST). Foreign Earned Income Exclusion – June 6, 2019 (EST). U.S. Taxation of Employees of Foreign Governments and International Organizations – June 13, 2019 (EST). U.S. Territories – Self Employment Tax – June 19, 2019 (EST). Tax Residency Status – June 27, 2019 (EST).

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Statement on Christchurch Call for Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2019 THE WHITE HOUSE Office of Science and Technology Policy The United States stands with the international community in condemning terrorist and violent extremist content online in the strongest terms. Underscored by the horrific terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, we agree with the overarching message of …

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Fly away home!!

Not all amazing creatures come in bright packages. In fact, one of New Zealand’s most incredible birds is, to look at, a little on the dull side. Drab, brownish, with a little bit of grey thrown in to lighten things up, the godwit, or kuaka, doesn’t grab the imagination the way many of our native …

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Pacific Woman Leader: Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series I with Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi, or Ioka as she’s called, uses her hands to create art, and uses her heart to connect with her Pacific ancestry.  As the Learning and Outreach Manager for the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, everyone on Ioka’s team are all …

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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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Boma Grow Agri-Summit in Christchurch

How is technology going to transform the way we grow and sell? Every piece of the supply chain is up for the disruption. How is the market changing? Consumer tastes are evolving, and so are their expectations: of quality, transparency, and social responsibility. What business models should we be exploring? How can we focus less …

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Disney Imagineer, MK Haley, tours New Zealand 

U.S. Embassy NZ teamed up with Te Papa’s Innovation hub, Mahuki , to bring Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Program Manager, and Art & Technology instructor of Themed Entertainment Design at UCLA, MK Haley, to New Zealand for a series of lectures, workshops, and programming March 25-30 in Auckland (introduced by Consul General, Katelyn Choe), Wellington, Christchurch and …

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A letter “to our Californian friends” from a Tauranga Youth Search and Rescue volunteer

In 2018, the U.S. Embassy was delighted to support a talented, ambitious group of Tauranga Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) volunteers to attend a training seminar with their counterparts, Marin County Search and Rescue (SAR), in Yosemite National Park, CA. This month, the YSAR group will host a reciprocal eight-day visit for their ‘Californian friends’ …

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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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ALERT: CHRISTCHURCH situation

UPDATE: 17th April, 2019 New Zealand’s terror threat level downgraded from ‘high’ to ‘ medium’ following Christchurch terror attack. More information on New Zealand’s threat levels and definitions can be found at: dpmc.govt.nz. ALERT UPDATE: 19th March, 2019 Please see below an updated briefing on March 18 from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: …

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Observance of International Women’s Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2019 The United States is proud to observe International Women’s Day, March 8. We extend our gratitude to the diverse women and girls around the globe who have made vast contributions in lifting up those facing challenges and hardship and put their own communities and …

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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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Modelling the Polar Star – veteran of the Merchant Navy, Pete from Kapiti Coast, boards the real mccoy!

An absolute delight yesterday to have Pete Woodward tour the visiting US Coast Guard Cutter, Polar Star. A veteran of the Merchant Navy, Pete, who is almost 80 years old, is now a volunteer with the New Zealand Coastguard on the Kapiti Coast. He and his fellow volunteers are the brave Kiwis who will go …

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Enhancing U.S.-New Zealand Co-operation in Antarctica

  The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) POLAR STAR (WAGB-10) will make a port call in Wellington next week.  The United States has been granted New Zealand’s permission for the POLAR STAR to visit after completing its seasonal operations in support of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. “Each year the USCGC POLAR STAR …

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Nearly 50 Delegates Selected for the 2019 Young Pacific Leaders Conference

Press release. WASHINGTON – Building on five years of success in collaboration with emerging leaders in the Pacific, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce the 46 leaders from 20 Pacific countries and territories chosen to attend the 2019 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference taking place in Suva, Fiji …

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New Zealand Debut of B-52 Stratofortress at Wings 20th Anniversary Air Festival

Press Release: Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival organisers have announced that a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress will be making its New Zealand debut at their Air Festival. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered  strategic bomber , designed and built by  Boeing .  It has been operated by the  United States Air Force (USAF) since the 1950s. The plane has a typical …

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Nearly 50 Delegates Selected for the 2019 Young Pacific Leaders Conference

WASHINGTON DC – Building on five years of success in collaboration with emerging leaders in the Pacific, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce the 46 leaders from 20 Pacific countries and territories chosen to attend the 2019 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference taking place in Suva, Fiji from …

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Alumni Spotlight: Dr Jason Young

Dr Jason Young, a Political Science and International Relations academic, and Director of the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre, recently returned from a three-week International Visitor Leadership Program in the United States, titled, “U.S. Foreign Policy in East Asia and the Pacific”. The project focused on U.S. foreign policy objectives and strategies in the East Asian and the …

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New Zealand Waitangi Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 6, 2019. Waitangi Day reminds us of our two nations’ long, deep, and enduring friendship. The first U.S. Consul to New Zealand, James Reddy Clendon, was there to witness Te Tiriti o Waitangi in February 1840. One hundred eighty years since the first U.S. Consul to …

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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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Calling all University Faculty, Scholars, Academic Professionals: Apply for a fully funded 2019 exchange program in the U.S.

Apply by Monday January 14, 2019 at 5pm New Zealand time using this online form. What is the program about? Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, …

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International Education Week with Miranda Livers

This week marks the 19th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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International Education Week with Melissa Derby

This week marks the 19th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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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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International Education Week with Hannah Lobb

This week marks the 19th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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International Education Week with Oscar Yip

This week marks the 19th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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International Education Week with Natalie Lin

This week marks the 19th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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Calling Secondary School Educators: Apply for a fully funded 2019 exchange program in the U.S.

Apply by Monday January 14, 2019 at 5pm New Zealand time using this form .   What is the program about? The five-week Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of …

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New Zealand Defence Force presented rare award by US Navy

Original article: Stuff A New Zealand Defence Force frigate is being celebrated with a rare award presented by the United States Navy for their support. On Friday, a US Meritorious Unit Citation was presented to the New Zealand Defence Force’s Anzac frigate, HMNZS Te Kaha, at the Devonport Naval Base. The United States chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson presented the crew of HMNZS Te Kaha with …

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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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Women in Sport Aotearoa: leading gender equity in New Zealand and promoting sport for women globally

Julie Paterson, now CEO of Tennis New Zealand , said the espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program changed her life. During her exchange, she was mentored by Deborah Slaner Larkin, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation in New York and was so inspired by the organization’s work that she returned to New Zealand and established Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA) , along with Massey University Professor and researcher, Sarah Leberman. WISPA is …

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Apply now! Young Pacific Leaders Conference 2019

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 Fiji in March.  Apply by 2 DECEMBER here ! More Information: The sixth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Suva, Fiji will take place the first week …

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U.S.-New Zealand Shared Economic Priorities for the Pacific Rim

Assistant Secretary Heath P. Tarbert, U.S. Department of the Treasury In 1989, twelve economies met to establish a forum for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in order to achieve greater prosperity for the Pacific Rim. The region has come a long way since then. And APEC continues to foster progress as demonstrated just this week when …

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180th Anniversary of the establishment of Consular ties between the U.S. and NZ

October 12th marks the 180th Anniversary of the establishment of Consular ties between the United States of America and New Zealand. In 1838, James Reddy Clendon was appointed as the first U.S. Consul to New Zealand. Throughout his time in this role he was present at many of the earliest encounters between tangata whenua, the …

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DV-2020 Program: Online Registration

DV-2020 Program: The revised online registration period for the DV-2020 Program begins on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).  Individuals who submit more than one entry during the registration period will be disqualified. Beware …

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Discussing Renewable Energy in the Pacific Islands – a visit by Dr Adam Warren

By Will Seal, Public Affairs, U.S. Consulate Auckland. This September, Dr. Adam Warren from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) visited Samoa and the Cook Islands to meet with government agencies, the private sector, and academia to share best practices on island energy issues, renewable energy policy, and practicalities of implementing …

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Chargé d’affaires Represents U.S. at Antarctica Season Opening

Acting Ambassador Ms. Susan B. Niblock attended an extensive program of briefings, functions, and events on September 27-29  in Christchurch to celebrate the beginning of the summer season for polar research and exploration. Ms. Niblock met the Mayor of Christchurch, Hon Lianne Dalziel, to thank her for the outstanding assistance from the  Christchurch City Council.   The establishment of …

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NASA…60 years and counting

Leading into World Space Week , we are celebrating 60 years of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe. At home in America, NASA research has made great advances in aviation, helped to develop a commercial …

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Antarctica in The Cook Islands

Guest blog post from Craig Grant, director of science engagement at Otago Museum. This week the Otago Museum Science Engagement Team and the Far From Frozen exhibition travelled to the Cook Islands. In partnership with the US Embassy in New Zealand, and with support from Air New Zealand, we are hanging out with more than 500 local …

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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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Pacific Women Leaders: Nora Swann

By Gail Brown, wife of US Ambassador Scott Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Nora Swann, Designer for the  Pacific Fusion Fashion Show . “I’m creative, flamboyant, loud, and fun.  That’s me,” Nora Swann declares when asked to define her personal fashion style.  She loves to visit op-shops to buy different patterns and textiles …

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Salisbury Attack: Joint Statement by Leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom

We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress made in the investigation into the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and take note of the attempted …

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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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Lightning Storms! Volcanoes! Even more exciting areas of U.S.-NZ scientific cooperation

Professor Craig Rodger is the Head of the Physics Department at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His primary research field is “Space Weather”, and he also acts as an independent advisor to NASA. He has travelled multiple times to Antarctica, won a Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award in 2015 – and plays a …

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Space Weather and Kiwis at NASA: More exciting areas of U.S.-NZ scientific cooperation

Professor Craig Rodger is the Head of the Physics Department at the University of Otago in New Zealand. His primary research field is “Space Weather”, and he also acts as an independent advisor to NASA. He has travelled multiple times to Antarctica, won a Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award in 2015 – and plays a …

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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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U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown visits Auckland and Tauranga

Over a few days in Auckland, Ambassador Brown talked U.S. policy with constituents of MP David Seymour and the U.S. Consulate’s Youth Council, met with leaders from Auckland’s Sikh and Jewish communities, checked out a local Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality company’s tech, celebrated US-NZ business ties at the American Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner, and shot …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters

Readout – Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 21, 2018 State.gov . The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: ‎ Secretary Pompeo spoke yesterday with New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Peters for New Zealand’s continued support in working towards the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK as agreed …

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Pacific Women Leaders: Sera Tapu-Ta’ala

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Sera Tapu-Ta’ala, a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua. No one understands the serious health problem that diabetes inflicts on Pacific people better than Sera Tapu Ta’ala.  As a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua, she has spent …

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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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Pacific Women Leaders: Verona Parker

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Verona Parker – Broadcaster, Beauty Queen, Mother. When I sat down to interview Verona Parker she was still the General Manager of TV3 in Samoa.  It’s a job she loved. However, change came in July when it was time to leave the television …

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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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Are you a U.S. Citizen in New Zealand? Remember Your Vote Counts!

Are you a U.S. Citizen in New Zealand? Your vote counts this November  #Midterms2018 ! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house & senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? Details on how to vote ➡  https://nz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/voting/ Be absent but accounted for! Remember Your Vote …

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Independence Day in Wellington and Auckland, 2018

U.S. Mission in New Zealand hosted the 2018 Independence Day event in Wellington last week, and in Auckland last night. Here are a selection of photos from each event: Wellington: Auckland:   Related: Full photo gallery Wellington Full photo gallery Auckland Videos, Wellington

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Sue Niblock down in Dunedin for the New Zealand International Science Festival

It was a busy weekend down in Otago for our Deputy Chief of Mission, Sue Niblock. Sue was honored to participate on a panel at the New Zealand International Science Festival on “the future of scientific collaboration across the globe”, alongside UK Deputy High Commissioner to NZ, Helen Smith, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Ewen McDonald, …

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Pacific Women Leaders: Jacqui Evans

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Jacqui Evans, director of “Marae Moana”. At the young age of sixteen, Jacqui Evans became fascinated with the beauty of the local marine life of the Cook Islands. Being a local, she would attend school trips to snorkel in the lagoon where …

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Auroras, Galaxies, Black Holes and High-Altitude Adventures on NASA’s SOFIA

By Will Seal, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Consulate Auckland. Seeing the Aurora Australis, traversing the Antarctic Circle, and peering into never before seen stars in the centre of our Milky Way galaxy might individually sound like unique achievements – but for the crew and astronomers of NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory, it’s all in a …

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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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Trafficking in Persons Report 2018

From State.gov. “This year’s report focuses on effective ways local communities can address human trafficking proactively and on how national governments can support and empower them. Local communities are the most affected by this abhorrent crime and are also the first line of defense against human trafficking. By engaging and training law enforcement, religious leaders, teachers, tribal …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With New Zealand Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Winston Peters

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters. They discussed the strength of the U.S.-New Zealand relationship, including global counterterrorism and defense cooperation, and our efforts to promote security and free and fair trade in the Indo-Pacific. Readout …

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U.S. urban designer visits New Zealand as part of Guangzhou-Auckland-Los Angeles Tripartite intern program

Joseph Rosenberg is a Los Angeles-based landscape/urban designer, one of three in the Guangzhou-Auckland-Los Angeles (GALA) Tripartite Leadership Intern Programme invited by the Tamaki Makaurau Design Alliance (TMDA). This programme has three firms in Auckland each hosting one intern, two from Guangzhou and one from Los Angeles, with the aim of developing shared learning, shared …

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Be aware of ESTA scams

Looking for a USA Visa ? You may be eligible for an ESTA . This is the only official U.S. government Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website for applying for ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ . If at any time, you are being asked to pay more than the equivalent of U.S. $14.00, then you are not at the U.S. Customs and …

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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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A new era for Project Connect – WINTalk 2018

The U.S. Embassy has been in partnership with the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) since 2012 to bring you the Project technology/entrepreneur series…Project Connect. In 2018 Project Connect has entered into a new partnership with some innovative and talented people down in the Wynyard Quarter in Auckland. The WINTalk Project Connect Event Series 2018 is a collaboration between AUT, Wynyard Innovation Neighbourhood and the US Embassy of …

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Joint Statement of President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un at the Singapore Summit

White House Press Release June 12th, 2018 Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit. President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic …

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Welcome to the 2018 US-NZ Youth Council!

The 2018 US-NZ Youth Council is up and running! Youth Council cohorts in Auckland and Wellington convened for the 1st time this year on May 4th and May 10th respectively.  Across the two regions 28 aspiring and emerging young leaders gathered to discuss issues of importance to youth, highlight key pillars of the US-NZ relationship, and identify …

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In the Footsteps of the Marines 2018

Preparations are well underway for the seventh running of the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers In the Footsteps of the Marines charity event on Sunday 27 May 2017. Last year more than 170 walkers and runners participated, including several Marines and US Embassy staff.   However, this year, because of uncertainty over the availability of Waterfall …

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U.S. State Department Announces 2018 Young Pacific Leaders Grant Recipients

WASHINGTON – Twelve winners have been announced for the  U. S. Department of State’s 2018 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Small Grants Program . The selected teams, representing 11 different Pacific countries, will receive up to $13,750 in grant-funding to implement projects in the region related to the program’s core themes of education, environment and resource management, civic leadership, and economic and social development. In addition to funding, YPL grantees attended a …

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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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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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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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Hawaiian cultural group “Island Breeze” connects with audiences across New Zealand.

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Consulate Auckland. The high-energy, Hawaii-based Island Breeze team recently wrapped up a two-week cultural exchange tour of New Zealand with the support of the U.S. Embassy in NZ. While here, they highlighted the amazing culture of our 50th state, Hawai’i, and our shared Polynesian heritage – making stops in Auckland, Tauranga, …

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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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U.S. Passport Execution Fee Will Increase to $35

From travel.state.gov. Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase only applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, such as first-time applicants over 16, children under 16, and applicants who re-apply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. The $10 fee increase does not apply …

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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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Grants Program – Notice of Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) New Zealand invites  Statement of Interest (SOI)  for projects that strengthen security and military cooperation and coordination, promote the mutual benefits of bilateral trade and investment, and deepen the relationships with Pacific communities, in New Zealand, Niue and the Cook Islands, based on our shared values and heritage. All programs must include an American cultural …

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Women in Business: A Young Leaders Learnings from International Women’s Day

Guest blog post by U.S. NZ Youth Councilor, Araina Kazia Pereira On International Women’s Day I was lucky enough to take part in a number of events.  Firstly, a roundtable discussion with U.S. Consul General Melanie Higgins alongside some incredible NZ women, American Chamber of Commerce members, exchange program alumni and youth council discussing both issues …

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Join in the March Madness Basketball Challenge!

The United States Embassy in New Zealand is running a March Madness Bracket Challenge during the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments. You, the New Zealand public, can join the challenge and submit brackets in our online group to compete against Ambassador Scott Brown. Creating a bracket involves predicting who you think will win …

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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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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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VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot …

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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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Pacific Women Leaders: Niki Rattle

By Gail Brown. For the next blog post in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Niki Rattle – Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament. “It’s the sweetest coconut juice in the world,” says the Speaker of Cook Islands Parliament, Niki Rattle as I sit down to interview her on a hot  November day in Rarotonga. The …

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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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Pacific Women Leaders: Ana File-Heather

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met with Ana File-Heather, owner of Red Door Coffee Bar and Unique Island Streetwear. Ana File-Heather is desperately trying to hire a new barista.  She owns the Red Door Coffee Bar in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, but, ironically, coffee isn’t the main thing she wants to …

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Alexia Hilbertidou experiences the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The Embassy was  honored to send  two of New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs – Jessica Manins ( ProjectR  Director) and Alexia Hilbertidou (Founder of  GirlBoss ) – to the 2017  Global Entrepreneurship Summit  (GES) in India late last year. We highlighted  Jessica’s experience last week. Next up, Alexia… *** Guest blog post by Alexia Hilbertidou I was so excited to represent New Zealand at the Global …

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Jessica Manins experiences the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The Embassy was honored to send two of New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs – Jessica Manins ( ProjectR Director) and Alexia Hilbertidou (Founder of  GirlBoss ) – to the 2017  Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India late last year. In the coming week, we’ll highlight Jessica’s and Alexia’s personal experiences at GES 2017. First up Jessica… *** Guest blog post by Jessica Manins I recently …

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The fifth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Honolulu – January 16-18, 2018

The fifth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Honolulu, Hawai‘i will take place January 16-18, 2018, through a partnership between the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) and the U.S. Department of State . This comprehensive conference will provide emerging Pacific leaders, ages 25-35, with new skills and knowledge to advance the region’s economic vibrancy and civic engagement, thereby contributing to regional security …

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NASA Senior Economist Dr. Alex MacDonald connects with New Zealand’s emerging space sector

Dr. Alex MacDonald is NASA’s Senior Economic Advisor within the Office of the Administrator at NASA Headquarters and is one of the foremost experts on the economic history of American space exploration and contemporary private-sector space activities. During a one-week trip to New Zealand, Dr. MacDonald connected with a wide array of government, academic, and …

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A Tour of American University Campuses

Guest blog post by Christian Dimitrov. Christian Dimitrov is a Year 13 student at Auckland’s King’s College. He recently travelled to the U.S. to visit a number of universities before moving there to study, and wanted to share his experiences with other prospective students and families. Brown University Location: Providence, Rhode Island Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,580 …

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Christmas at the White House 2017

The First Family will celebrate their first Christmas in the White House with a nod to tradition.  This year’s theme, “Time-Honored Traditions” was designed by First Lady Melania Trump to pay respect to 200 years of holiday traditions at the White House. Read more at Whitehouse.gov.

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Pacific Women Leaders: Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the  Pacific Women Leaders  series, I met Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson – Environmentalist and Climate Change Communicator.   Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson proudly speaks about her culture as the reason why she started her work as first a journalist then as an environmental writer, communicator and now a policy advisor on environmental …

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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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Creative Leadership and its impact on the Future of Work

Views and learnings from #CLNZ17 by U.S. Youth Council member, Araina Kazia Pereira. Let’s talk all things business, high performing teams, doing life in community, the heart of what it means to be a creative leader and how this approach is going to shift the future of our workplaces. The #CLNZ17 conference created by @justadandak saw leaders from various …

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Toys for Tots 2017

Press Release This Saturday (December 9, 2017) Marines from the U.S. Embassy will be at Johnsonville Mall from 0900-1500 collecting new toys for local organizations which are working to bring joy to kids having a tough time at Christmas. “We’re asking Wellingtonians to help us create smiles this Christmas. Everybody deserves a gift at Christmas—especially kids …

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U.S. Antarctic Icebreaker to visit New Zealand

Media Release. The United States has sought, and been granted, New Zealand’s permission for a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) POLAR STAR (WAGB-10), to make a port call at Lyttelton on its way to complete its seasonal operations in support of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. The visit …

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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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Remarks at “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships” to Commemorate World AIDS Day 2017

Remarks John J. Sullivan  Deputy Secretary of State George C. Marshall Center Washington, DC November 30, 2017 DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Ambassador Birx. You and your team at the department, and the efforts you lead throughout the interagency, are why we are able to stand here today and reflect upon so many positive stories. Thank …

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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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U.S. creative leadership experts share creative business strategies with business leaders and startup founders

The Embassy invited U.S. creative leadership experts, Aithan Shapira ( MIT Sloan School of Management ) and Elysa Fenenbock (Designer in Residence at  Google ), to keynote at a Creative Leadership conference ( #CLNZ2017 ) to 160 business leaders and startup founders. Areas covered included realigning your teams and projects with design thinking, looking at jazz as a way to respond to …

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U.S.-NZ Youth Council Diplomacy in Action Conference in Wellington

Guest post by, Isabelle Walker, a member of the 2017 U.S.-NZ Youth Council. This October 17th and 18th I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 U.S.-NZ Youth Council Diplomacy in Action Conference in Wellington. The conference, hosted by the U.S Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), was a unique opportunity for emerging …

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Thanksgiving lunch for Wellington’s needy

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. The Embassy held its annual Thanksgiving lunch for Wellington’s needy today. The event is arranged in partnership with local charity, the Downtown Community Ministry and the New Zealand Chef’s Association. Food was donated by local and American companies and chefs from restaurants around the city cooked the traditional …

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New Zealand’s support to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria

We are grateful to the Government and people of New Zealand for its support to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.  New Zealand has helped contribute to the 128,000 meals and 120 pallets of water since they arrived on ground, ready to eat to assist those affected by the hurricane. We deeply appreciate …

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International Education Week with Te Puoho Katene

This week marks the 18th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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International Education Week with Harrisson Jull

This week marks the 18th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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International Education Week with Sarah Aschebrock

This week marks the 18th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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Kiwis, Alexia and Jessica, are off to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India.

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. The Embassy is honored to send two of New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs – Jessica Manins ( ProjectR Director) and Alexia Hilbertidou (Founder of GirlBoss ) – to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India later this month. The United States of America and the Republic of India are proud to announce …

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International Education Week with Hunter Fitzpatrick

This week marks the 18th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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International Education Week with Alisha Huang

This week marks the 18th annual  International Education Week  (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which celebrates and promotes the benefits of international education and exchange programs worldwide. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested …

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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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Calling Scholars: Apply for a fully funded 2018 exchange program in the United States

Apply by Friday January 12, 2018 at 5pm New Zealand time online using this form. What is the program about? Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. …

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Calling Secondary School Educators: Apply for a fully funded 2018 exchange program in the U.S.

Apply by Friday January 12, 2018 at 5pm New Zealand time online using the Form . What is the program about? The five-week Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. …

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U.S. Crowdfunding expert, Kate Drane, in NZ to share her thoughts on crowdfunding

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Kate Drane, Senior Director of Outreach for Tech and Hardware at San Francisco-based crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, is in New Zealand on an embassy run program, to share her thoughts on the future and current trends of crowdfunding. Monday saw Kate engage with Kiwi entrepreneurs at GRID Auckland’s Innovation Hub, …

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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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Social Enterprise World Forum – Reflections and Learnings from Holly & Araina

The U.S. Embassy was proud to be apart of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF),  which was held in Christchurch back in September. U.S. Embassy Youth Council members,  Holly Sutich and Araina Kazia Pereira, share their thoughts on their first SEWF experience… *** My Reflection of SEWF 2017 By U.S. Youth Council member, Holly Sutich. Going into the Social Enterprise World Forum, I …

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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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Opportunities and Challenges facing Youth Employment in NZ and the U.S.

By Mara Hosoda U.S. Consulate General staff. Views from the Field: Opportunities and Challenges facing Youth Employment in New Zealand and the U.S.  Jobs and employment are critical to the successful growth and development of every economy.  But what happens when there is a gap at the start of the employment stage?  When youth and …

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U.S. South Pacific Scholarship opportunity through the East West Center

The U.S. Embassy New Zealand is excited to share the following opportunity for students from Pacific island countries to apply for a merit-based scholarship to pursue Bachelor’s and Master’s level study at the University of Hawai’i. Applications opened in August 2017 and will close February 1, 2018. What is the U.S. South Pacific Scholarship? The East …

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Hurry! Registrations are open for the ‘Future Leaders of the Pacific’ conference

Registrations are open for the ‘Future Leaders of the Pacific’ conference in Auckland on Saturday 11th November! Register here. Join us to develop new skills and knowledge for youth participation in leadership and advocacy, and more importantly, to grow your network of leaders. In partnership with The Wonderful Group and The Moko Foundation, the US Embassy New Zealand is holding …

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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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Pacific Woman Leader: Ema Piutau

By Gail Brown. For the next blog in the Pacific Women Leaders series I met a fearless young woman, Ema, who has spent her professional career working in the criminal justice system in my new found home of New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. Ema is serious about delivering justice and she has committed her life to advocating for …

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Punahou School of Hawai’i and Riverdale School of New York learn about social responsibility, economics, and the environment

By Jenna, Rika, Shane, and Zach (Students of Punahou School) Punahou School of Hawai’i and Riverdale School of New York learn about social responsibility, economics, and the environment on a cultural exchange program in Christchurch, Hamilton, and Auckland. In July 2017 select students of Punahou School based in Honolulu, Hawai’i visited New Zealand as a …

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Our Ocean 2017 Conference – Commitments made by the United States

From OurOcean2017.org Over recent decades, our marine environments have undergone widespread deterioration. To turn this tide, the world must commit to sustainable action and invest in innovative solutions. Organised since 2014, the Our Ocean conferences are all about driving these commitments. The 2017 edition of Our Ocean hosted by the European Union in Malta, generated an unprecedented …

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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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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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Pacific Women Leader: Papali’i Mele Maualaivao

By Gail Brown. Welcome to the second blog post in a  series of stories highlighting Pacific women  for their contributions to humanity and the communities they serve.  Like the colourful decoration perched above her ear, Papali’i Mele Maualaivao reminds me of an exotic Pacific flower – bright, and bursting with enthusiasm. She channels her energy into empowering women across the Pacific …

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Back from Camp Reception

The U.S. Embassy hosted its ‘Back from Camp’ reception on September 21, 2017. Recently returned camp counselors were greeted by U.S. Embassy Staff, and alumni and staff from local camp placement providers. The U.S. camp counselor program is one of the most popular exchange programs in New Zealand, with nearly 900 participants across almost every …

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2019 Diversity Visa Program Online Registration is Open!

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to technical issues, the current registration period for Diversity Visa-2019 is being extended, and all enrollments made prior to, will need to be resubmitted.  The new entry period for DV-2019 will open for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and close at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, November 22, …

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Liliana Gil Valletta at the Impact Wahine Forum

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. This September the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand welcomed a very special guest – Liliana ‘Lili’ Gil Valletta.  A global business leader and entrepreneur, Lili emigrated from Colombia to the United States at age 17, and would later became one of the youngest executives at Johnson & Johnson, …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Sue Niblock hosts some of Wellington’s LGBTI+ Community

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. On 26 September 2017, the Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Sue Niblock hosted a reception for the LGBTI+ Community in her residence in Wellington, to show the embassy’s solidarity with the New Zealand Rainbow community. In her inaugural reception in the country, the DCM reiterated the State Department’s …

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“Brand Strategy by Design” with Andy Cunningham

Guest blog post by U.S. Embassy Youth Councilor, Jay Choe. Andy Cunningham was in Auckland for the Project series , founded by the U.S. Embassy and the Auckland University of Technology. See below for further Project events coming up. “Brand Strategy by Design” was the third event I attended as part of the U.S. Embassy Youth Council. Upon …

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Pacific Women Leaders: Fealofani Bruun

By Gail Brown. Welcome to the first in a series of stories highlighting Pacific women for their contributions to humanity and the communities they serve.  Earlier, I traveled to Samoa with my husband, U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown, to present his credentials to the new Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II.  After having the pleasure of meeting His Highness, …

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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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Pacific Women Leaders: highlighting Pacific women’s contributions to humanity

By Gail Brown, wife of US Ambassador Scott Brown New Zealand and Samoa, known for their natural beauty, vibrant cultures, and thriving societies, was top of my husband’s list to serve our country as United States Ambassador abroad. New Zealand is home to some of the largest Pacific people’s diasporas, and a gate-way to South …

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U.S. is ‘Country of Honor’ at NZIEC

The New Zealand International Education Conference (NZIEC), hosted by Education New Zealand, was held at Sky City welcoming more than 700 guests over two days.  This year saw the United States recognized as the inaugural ‘Country of Honor’, reflecting the strong bilateral relationship between these nations’ education sectors.  The depth and breadth of opportunities was …

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Alexia Hilbertidou – NASA SOFIA Experience

Guset blog post by Alexia Hilbertidou. I was chosen by space agency NASA to ride on-board their 747 jumbo jet aircraft during a special overnight mission. In one 10 hour flight, I travelled at -70C and zero per cent humidity while measuring stardust and taking in the breath-taking displays of the atmosphere, such as the …

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Come and join us at NZIEC

TUESDAY 22 AND WEDNESDAY 23 AUGUST 2017 AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – SKYCITY CONVENTION CENTRE   The U.S. Embassy is partnering with Education New Zealand, featuring the USA as Country of Honor at this year’s New Zealand International Education Conference (NZIEC) .We will be showcasing the United States’ prominence in international education at the U.S. Lounge, in the Expo Hall with a …

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Josie Weston was a #USNZCampCounselor

People often ask where the camp experience can take you, and how it contributes to your employability and personal development. Some people may have the misconception that working at a summer camp in America is just a gap year; and that it won’t contribute to someone’s future. Boy, are they wrong! Camp not only develops …

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Recent Events Strengthen US-New Zealand Navy Relationship

New Zealand Defence Force Press Release. The importance of building and maintaining strong regional relationships between navies was emphasised by the United States Commander Pacific Fleet, Admiral Scott Swift, when he visited the Devonport Naval Base today. Admiral Swift was a keynote speaker at the Fleet Warfare Forum hosted by the Royal New Zealand Navy. …

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Niall Yates was a #USNZCampCounselor

Guest blog post by Niall Yates. I am going to give you a first-hand insight into the experience of working as a summer camp counselor in the United States of America. Some days are tough, some days are tougher, but some days make you wish you could never leave, and that every season was summer. …

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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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Christchurch U.S.-NZ Youth Council chat with U.S. diplomat Craig Halbmaier

Guest blog post by Robbie Morrison, 2017 U.S.-NZ Youth Council member. Christchurch U.S.-NZ Youth Council chatting science, technology, health, and trade promotion with U.S. diplomat Craig Halbmaier. The Christchurch branch of the U.S. Embassy Youth Council is always excited to engage with experts, dignitaries and officials from the United States. On Friday 14 July the …

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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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Small grants funding opportunity of up to $7,500 USD – details….

The U.S. Embassy in New Zealand announces a small grants funding opportunity of up to $7,500 USD for projects in the realm of Science, Technology, Health, Environment and Business.   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 …

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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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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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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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TEDxWellington with Hasbro’s Phil Sage

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. This week Phil Sage, Senior Director of Design and Development at Hasbro, was in Wellington on an Embassy-sponsored visit to speak at TEDxWellington and meet some of Wellington’s tech and entrepreneurship community. Phil’s TEDxWellington talk to a sellout audience of 1,000 (with a livestream audience of 5000, #1 trending …

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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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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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U.S. tech investment duo Steve Meller & Larry Howell visit NZ to discuss Govtech

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. The U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) welcomed U.S. tech investment duo Steve Meller and Larry Howell to New Zealand last week for a series of events and meetings in Wellington and Auckland. The area of focus for the week was the GovTech space – the area of digital transformation within the public sector …

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Call for Implementing Partner: TechCamp New Zealand for Health Communicators

Application End Date: 10 July 2017 at 9:00am New Zealand Time Maximum Award Amount: $100,000 USD Contact: Auckland Public Affairs Section, HosodaMK@state.gov PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland, New Zealand seeks proposals for a project entitled “TechCamp New Zealand for Health Communicators.”  The proposed project will consist of …

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Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, in New Zealand

Secretary of State Tillerson: “I am really delighted that we were able to make this stop in New Zealand to reaffirm the strong partnership that exists between the United States and New Zealand.” *** During his visit to New Zealand, Secretary of State Tillerson was welcomed with a pōwhiri at Premier House, followed by a meeting …

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Memorial Day Services 2017 – Auckland, Kapiti, Wellington

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Auckland: Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. …

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Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Sydney and Wellington

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Official UNCLASSIFIED For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON May 30, 2017 Secretary of State Tillerson Travel to Sydney and Wellington U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be in Sydney, Australia, June 5–6, with Secretary of Defense James Mattis to participate in the 2017 Australia-U.S. Ministerial …

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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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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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Standardized testing for American Universities

Guest blog post by Aubry Tedford. Words like ACT and SAT have been known to strike anxiety, stress, and fear in many high school students. One single test seems to have so much emphasis on college admissions and future careers. These tests are important, but it is also important not to stress over one component …

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Mahuki welcomes Disney Imagineer, Mk Haley, to Wellington

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Last week, we welcomed Disney Imagineer, Mk Haley, to Wellington. With Support from the U.S. Embassy, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Florida State University and Creative Program Manager at Walt Disney’s Imagineering, Mk Haley, gave a series of talks in Wellington. The week was hosted by Mahuki – Te Papa’s innovation hub . Mk Haley’s first talk …

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What’s Chargé d’Affaires Candy Green been up to in April?

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Chargé d’Affaires Candy Green has spent the last months eagerly engaging with the Kiwi public and deepening our friendships with New Zealand partners.  She was pleased to welcome two U.S. speakers to the 2017 Green Property Summit, New Zealand’s foremost forum to discuss smart cities of the future. …

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U.S. Marines’ support on Poppy Day Appeal

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. The United States Marine Corps stood side by side with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel and Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) in Wellington and Christchurch in the annual Poppy Day Appeal. This is the tenth year that U.S. Marines have assisted with the …

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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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Tropical Cyclone Cook

The U.S. Consulate General Auckland will dismiss most staff two hours early today, Thursday April 13th, due to Tropical Cyclone Cook.  Consular services will not be affected, so we are available to help everyone with an appointment scheduled for today.  The Embassy in Wellington will maintain normal operating hours.  Please note that Friday, April 14th …

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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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NEW ZEALAND 2017 – VISITOR INFORMATION FOR WORLD MASTERS GAMES

The Department of State provides U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in New Zealand the following information related to the 2017 World Masters Games taking place in and around Auckland, New Zealand, from April 21 to 30, 2017. This fact sheet is meant to provide information regarding the current conditions within the country to U.S. …

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American Universities: How to Find the Right One

Guest blog by student, Aubry Tedford. Picking the right college is like picking your wedding dress. You have a checklist of what you want, you know the setting and budget, but you don’t know which one is going to give you that indescribable feeling. My name is Aubry Tedford and I will be attending university in …

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Applications are open for the espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program – Apply Now!

Applications are now open for the espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) 2017. Up to 20 international female candidates selected from countries around the world will be matched with leading female executives from America’s top sports organizations for a month-long mentorship (September 24, 2017 to October 31, 2017). The experience focuses on empowering emerging leaders to support their communities …

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Chargé d’Affaires, Candy Green visits NASA’s Super Pressure Balloon Operations in Wanaka

Repost from  blogs.nasa.gov/superpressureballoon . Acting U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Visits NASA’s Super Pressure Balloon Operations in Wanaka; Some 250 Attend Open House. The acting U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, Chargé d’Affaires Candy Green, paid a visit to Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, March 23 to see first-hand NASA’s super pressure balloon operations, the science it supports, …

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Building a global digital government network

Guest blog by Emma Gawen on the 2016 Global Digital Leaders Exchange. In October 2016 Emma took part in the inaugural Global Digital Leaders Exchange, a program instigated by Megan Smith (the 3rd Chief Technology Officer of the United States under President Obama) and the U.S. Digital Service, and run by the State Department’s International …

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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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NASA’s Super Pressure Balloon launch window opens March 25

Posted on blogs.NASA.gov   March 20, 2017 at 10:48 pm by . While the launch window for NASA’s next Super Pressure Balloon launch from Wanaka, New Zealand, opens March 25, there are a number of factors that need to align prior to making an actual launch attempt. Operationally, all the balloon systems—power, communications, telemetry, etc.—need to be checked out and tested. Today, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Worldwide Caution

U.S. Consulate General Auckland – Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Worldwide Caution. As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. …

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Apply now for U.S.-NZ Youth Council 2017!

UPDATE: Applications are now closed. To apply for the Youth Council, please 1) submit the online Application Form and 2) email your CV to HosodaMK@state.gov by Friday March 31, 2017 at 5pm. Website: nz.usembassy.gov Facebook: @newzealand.usembassy Twitter: @usembassynz  Hashtag: #USNZYouthCouncil. Background The U.S. Embassy in New Zealand Youth Council program started in 2010 by former U.S. Ambassador David Huebner. …

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Chargé d’Affaires Candy Green Goes Regional in the South

In the evening of Thursday 9 February 2017, Chargé d’Affaires Candy Green flew to Invercargill on a trip that would take her to the southernmost city of New Zealand and its environs to engage with the people – and fauna – of Southland. A major highlight of the trip to Southland was the 2017 World …

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A Young Entrepreneur’s Experience: Applying Justin Milano’s 4 Pillars of Entrepreneurial Success

Guest Blog by Thomas Goodin, Young Entrepreneur and Alumni of Young Enterprise Scheme and VentureUp Justin Milano was the first speaker for the 2017 Project Connect series, presenting at AUT on the Four Pillars for Entrepreneurial Success. Justin helps entrepreneurs build thriving companies. As a serial entrepreneur and executive coach, he uses a unique blend …

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Chargé d’affaires Candy Green at the Air Tattoo

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Chargé d’Affaires Candy Green attended the Air Tattoo held at Ohakea in celebration of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) 80th Anniversary. 25 February 2017, Ohakea/Wellington. The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) celebrated its 80th Anniversary from 24th to 26th February 2017 with an Air Tattoo …

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Here’s President Trump’s first address to Congress

President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on February 28. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path towards civil rights and the work that still remains …

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Project17 Auckland: “Four Pillars for Entrepreneurial Success”

The Auckland University of Technology is kicking off our Project17 speaker series with a bang – Justin Milano (Good Startups, USA), serial entrepreneur, executive coach, intrepid traveller, author and producer will be sharing some valuable insights and inspiration… If you are an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or simply want to encourage entrepreneurial thinking in yourself and your …

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