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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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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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 New Zealand’s ...
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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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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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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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U.S. Universities visit N.Z.

Office of Public Affairs U.S. Embassy, Wellington August 31, 2016 This weekend, representatives from ten major U.S. universities, and from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), will be available to answer questions from New Zealand students about studying in the United States. “It’s a unique opportunity for Kiwi students to meet recruiters and alumni from ...
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Celebrating Youth Week: Giving Back is Giving Forward—Aroha mai, Aroha atu

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. Held every May, Youth Week is a New Zealand nationwide festival of events to celebrate the talents, passion, and success of local young people. Youth Week recognizes the contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand and is organized by Ara Taiohi, a National ...
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U.S. Embassy Wellington Call for Proposals

The U.S. Embassy in Wellington announces a small grants funding opportunity of up to $5,000 USD for projects in the realm of Environment, Science, Technology, and Health. Eligibility is limited to non-profit/nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and educational institutions within New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Niue. Proposals should demonstrate creativity, substance, and relevance to national goals ...
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President Obama and U.S. Ambassador Gilbert on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. ...
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Ambassador and Mrs Gilbert in Auckland, May 2016

By Phil McKenna, Public Affairs, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. Ambassador and Mrs Gilbert  in Auckland, May 2016 On the evening of Friday, May 27 Ambassador and Mrs. Gilbert hosted a dinner at the Consul General’s residence with alumni from the field of education.  They discussed education issues in New Zealand and the United States. The guest list ...
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U.S. Diplomats’ Insights on World War I, Civil Rights, American Literature and the American Elections

By Victoria Triegaardt, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Wellington and Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. The last three months were action-packed with opportunities for U.S. Diplomats to reach out to youth in Auckland and Wellington high schools. Upon request from New Zealand high schools, U.S. Diplomats presented U.S. history topics through ...
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Youth Council Highlights: Discussing Cybersecurity, Gender Equality, and Climate Change

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. On April 25, 2016 the Auckland Youth Council met with Ambassador Mark Gilbert.  In recognition of the recently-signed COP 21 Agreement on Climate Change, signed by 155 countries in New York on April 20, Earth Day, the group discussed climate change, especially in relation to the ...
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Blast-off for Auckland NASA Space Apps 2016

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. NASA is on a mission to foster innovation around challenges affecting us at home and in space; this year it created the world’s largest international annual hackathons. On Friday April 22, 2016, Acting Consul General, Emily Armitage kicked off the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge ...
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Kiwi women entrepreneurs hear from Nancy Gilbert & U.S. Ambassador LeVine

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Suzi LeVine and Nancy Gilbert spoke with a group of women entrepreneurs at BizDojo at a Collider Wellington on Tuesday March 29, while in New Zealand on a family holiday. Ambassador LeVine has an extensive background in tech, working at Microsoft and Expedia, and founding her own companies, prior to her appointment as President ...
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Celebrating 100 Years of the U.S. National Parks Service with New Zealand Friends at Tongariro

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

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

Guest blog post by Rachel Harris and Jonathan Gee. As burgeoning business leaders move into the world, bridging the gap between one generation and the next is of vital importance. The State Department was proud to fund and support the Tuākana Youth Mentoring Program run by NGO Leadership New Zealand and the Fulbright New Zealand ...
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A Kiwi Thanksgiving for the Hungry

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

By guest blogger, Emily Novak, Pastry Chef at One80 Restaurant . American, Emily Novak is Pastry Chef at One80 Restaurant , Copthorne Hotel in Wellington. She has the challenge and privilege of preparing the pumpkin pie for this year’s annual Thanksgiving lunch for the clients of the Downtown Community Ministry, one of our most special events of the year. ...
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Young Kiwi women inspired by American icons

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs U.S. Consulate, Auckland. The United States and New Zealand share a distinguished place on the world stage in producing inspiring female icons, from Rosa Parks and Kate Shepard to Beyonce and Helen Clark. This October we were proud to cohost an inspiration in her own right: Dr Terry Babcock-Lumish, an ...
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From Rosa Parks and #Blacklivesmatter to Terra nullius

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs U.S. Consulate, Auckland. Despite all the progress that has been made in recent decades, civil rights and the status of minority groups in society still remains an important issue that needs to be addressed in America and around the world. Here at the Embassy we are passionate about engaging with ...
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Acclaimed National Geographic wildlife photographer Brian Skerry talks with us

Guest post by Brian Skerry, National Geographic. We caught up with acclaimed National Geographic wildlife photographer Brian Skerry ahead of his visit to New Zealand, Australia and Singapore to headline the winter series of National Geographic Live Pacific coming to Auckland and Wellington in October (details below). He talks with us about some of his most memorable experiences and what drives ...
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Wahine Toa: Lynell Huria

By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Last month I embarked on a long-term program called Wahine Toa (Women Leaders) to meet with, learn about, and highlight to our blog readers some extraordinary women Maori leadership and their significant contributions throughout the country. In the first blog of the series, I met trailblazer ...
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Independence Day Celebrations in Auckland and Wellington, July 2015

By Phil McKenna and Rob Tate, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Embracing the enthusiasm for sports that is such a feature of both American and New Zealand culture, the Embassy in Wellington and the Consulate General in Auckland kicked off a two-day celebration of American Independence Day. Our celebrations this year were made even sweeter, ...
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Looking back to the Opening of the Matariki Festival

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