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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TechCamp New Zealand: Transforming Health Communications in the Pacific Region

Auckland, New Zealand. 24-26 January 2018. Bringing together Pacific health leaders to strengthen innovation, solutions, and communication around mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika and dengue, in the Pacific region. TechCamp New Zealand is a two-day interactive technology-focused workshop aimed to support organizational capacity and strengthen innovation, solutions, and communication around mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika and dengue, ...
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The 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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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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Remarks of Ambassador Mark Gilbert at the 240th Anniversary of American Independence Day

Remarks of Ambassador Mark Gilbert on the Occasion of the 240th Anniversary of American Independence Day, July 7, 2016 E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā manuhiri taiea Kia ora koutou katoa Tēnā koutou mai tōku whenua America Tēnā koutou mai tōku Rangatira Matua Barack Obama Ko ngā Rocky Mountains ōku Maunga Ko te ...
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Working together to Address Non-communicable Diseases in the Pacific

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)–heart disease, cancers, lung disease and diabetes–are a major issue for the Pacific. NCDs are the leading cause of death in the Pacific and in some Pacific Island countries life expectancy is declining as a result of NCD-related premature deaths. Developing a sustainable ...
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Reflections on The Life of a Diplomat and U.S. Department of State Refugee Coordinator

Guest blog post by James Coventry, Auckland U.S.-NZ Youth Council Member and Shivani Ranganathan, Public Affairs/ Political-Economic Sections, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. During the week of June 1st through June 20th, the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland participated in multiple events to celebrate World Refugee Day. On Monday June 13th, members of the Auckland National ...
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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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NZDF PERSONNEL JOIN LARGEST HUMANITARIAN MISSION IN ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

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

The U.S. Secretary of the Navy (or SECNAV), Ray Mabus, is visiting New Zealand this week to meet with New Zealand’s military leaders and officials on a wide range of issues. In his time as Secretary of the Navy, Mabus has visited more than 140 countries and territories and all 50 U.S. states representing the ...
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Nancy Gilbert Showcases American and New Zealand Iconic Images

Last week Nancy Gilbert hosted the Et Alia Art Group at Camperdown for a luncheon to share and discuss the Art in Embassies ‘Iconic Images’ exhibition. Nancy gave a history of the Art in Embassies program and the process behind their theme of iconic images of her home and host countries. She shared her favorite pieces with the ...
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Statements by the U.S. President and New Zealand Prime Minister on the TPP signing

Statement by the U.S. President on the Signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: For more than five years, a group of 12 countries have negotiated a forward-looking trade deal that sets new, high standards for trade and investment in one of the world’s fastest growing and most important regions. Today, these countries signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership ...
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Studying in America: Make the First Move to Study in the United States in 2016!

By Aime Black and Katie Sleeman, Education Advisors It’s a new year, and a perfect time to get on track with new goals. Is studying in America one of those dreams? In 2015, over 1,400 New Zealand students studying in America pursued higher education degrees. These students are carving out their futures with undergraduate and ...
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Charting a Course Toward Pacific Climate Resiliency

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

From ustr.gov . On October 4, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam – announced conclusion of their negotiations.  The result is a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, and balanced agreement that will promote economic growth; support the creation ...
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Duke’s Global Fellowship Recipient James Tremlett, talks to us about Marine Conservation.

Guest Blog by James Tremlett, Marine Conservationist and Social Scientist, Recipient of Duke’s Global Fellowship in Marine Conservation. Could you briefly tell us a bit about yourself? I was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau and for the past few years have made my home in Pōneke. I grew up relishing any contact with the ...
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Pacific’s ‘Future Leaders’ Gather in Auckland

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