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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks After Returning From Antarctica

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Christchurch International Airport Christchurch, New Zealand November 12, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Hi, everybody. How are you? QUESTION: Hi there. QUESTION: Welcome back to New Zealand. SECRETARY KERRY: Well, let me just say what an extraordinary experience it was and how impressed I am by the remarkable commitment of so ...
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U.S. Embassy Youth Councilors find out about NASA’s Atmospheric Tomography Mission

Guest post and views of U.S. Embassy Youth Council member, Josiah Tualamali’i. Everyone’s heard of the US Space Agency NASA’s space missions and the exciting push for Mars, but lesser known about is the exploration and research they do inside earth’s atmosphere. Members of the US Embassy Youth Council and University of Canterbury students got ...
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Ele and Eric speak Open Source Open Society

By U.S. Embassy Youth Council Members Sarah Peraira and Hannah Craighead. During the 22 and 23rd of August, we were lucky enough to attend the Open Source Open Society (OS/OS) conference in Wellington. The Conference theme was how technology and open ways of working can transform your life, your work, your organisation and our society. Through speeches, panels and workshops, ...
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Project16 – Creativity in Business

By U.S. Embassy Youth Council members James Coventry, Liana Kaiwai, and James Tawhiao. Lasting only a day, but packed with enough advice and inspiration for a whole week, Project16 was a crash course in making dreams reality, achieving success and doing the unthinkable. The conference kicked off with an address by U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. It ...
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Eric Hysen – from Google to Government

Thanks to the U.S. Embassy and KiwiConnect , Eric Hysen of the United States Digital Service came to New Zealand to keynote at the annual Open Source Open Society conference. At the conference Eric spoke on the challenges and rewards of modernizing U.S. Government systems. Eric is one of the Founding members of the USDS , and is the Digital Service Lead for the United States Department of Homeland Security.  As a former employee at Google, Eric has worked ...
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A bit of everything really

Guest blog post by Josiah Tualamali’i. A 21 year old Samoan Kiwi studying Politics and History at the University of Canterbury & member of the U.S. Embassy Youth Council. Around our main Universities in Aotearoa, the US Embassy NZ has their Youth Councils. This helps the US Embassy NZ to build a two-way relationship with ...
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“NASA’s Juno project and the Mission to Jupiter” Principal Investigator Scott Bolton shares all

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. On July 4, 2016 NASA’s Juno mission arrived at Jupiter to study the large, distant planet. Studying what Jupiter is made of and what lies beneath its swirling clouds is critical to understanding how the solar system and Earth came about. Auckland was fortunate to ...
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Flashback: 2.30am…. on route to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

Last June, the U.S. Embassy were proud to support New Zealand startup company Founders attendance at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summi t in Silicon Valley, USA. Let’s hear about their experience at GES2016… April McLennan – Founder & Trustee at Limitless Charitable Trust… There’s an excitement that comes with early morning starts. Flashback: 2.30am, June 18, 2016. Emerging from a bleary-eyed ...
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Girls in Tech Founder, Adriana Gascoigne, Empowers, Educates and Engages in New Zealand

By Mike, Emily and Shivani, Public Affairs. Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech , recently visited New Zealand to keynote at Project Connect in Auckland and Wellington – a speaker series founded by the U.S. Embassy and the Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT).  Alongside the Project Connect talks, Adriana had a series of meetings, round-table discussions and dinners throughout the country – including a ...
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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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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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Youth Council Highlights: Discussing Cybersecurity, Gender Equality, and Climate Change

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

By Phil McKenna, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. For a number of months, U.S. Consulate General in Auckland has been busy  the high-profile Tripartite Economic Summit between the cities of Auckland, Los Angeles, and Guangzhou, which took place from 16–17 May at the huge ANZ Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland. The summit program included ...
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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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A Warm Dunedin Welcome for Nancy and Ambassador Gilbert

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. On April 13 and 14, 2016 the U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife, Mrs. Nancy Gilbert, made their first official visit to Dunedin, New Zealand. The Gilberts met with a cross section of Dunedin’s government, business, university, and civil society sectors. It was a ...
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Google employee #43 and Venture Capitalist, Jeremy Wenokur, meets with NZ entrepreneurs

By Mike Cousins, Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Google employee #43 (and now Silicon Valley entrepreneur/investor) Jeremy Wenokur was in New Zealand earlier this week to listen to and give startup advice to some of New Zealand’s young entrepreneurs. Jeremy’s NZ program included a roundtable (the kitchen table to be exact!) discussion with  GRID Auckland  startup residents, a Project Connect fireside chat ...
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2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge

NASA Space Apps Challenge is a 48-hour multi-disciplinary global weekend hackathon—for developers, entrepreneurs, astronomers, coders, marketers, product designers, data analysts, engineers, artists, enthusiasts etc. You don’t need to be an expert about space, just willing to work cooperatively as team to come up with creative solutions to one of the challenges set by the international ...
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Kiwi women entrepreneurs hear from Nancy Gilbert & U.S. Ambassador LeVine

U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Suzi LeVine and Nancy Gilbert spoke with a group of women entrepreneurs at BizDojo at a Collider Wellington on Tuesday March 29, while in New Zealand on a family holiday. Ambassador LeVine has an extensive background in tech, working at Microsoft and Expedia, and founding her own companies, prior to her appointment as President ...
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TEDxWellington – Charles Babb talks Gaming and the Importance of Diversification

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

This year’s Project Connect series hosted by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the U.S. Embassy kicks off with a very special one-time only interview with Silicon Valley entrepreneur/investor Jeremy Wenokur, moderated by U.S. Ambassador, Mark Gilbert. Jeremy will discuss how NZ companies can creatively position for offshore investment as well as cultivate potential USA buyers, ...
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New Frontiers 2016: A Heartfelt Thank You

U.S. and New Zealand entrepreneurs, creative technologists, educators and investors visited New Zealand for the 2016 New Frontiers conference held in Whiteman’s Valley between February 12-26, 2016. The programming of New Frontiers was designed with three overarching themes: Planet, Story, and Economy. Each day featured a mix of U.S. and local keynote talks, in-depth panel discussions, open ...
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2016 Vex Robotics National Championship

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate, Auckland. Auckland Consul General Melanie Higgins attended the 2016 Vex Robotics New Zealand National Championship, which was held on February 27-28, 2016 in Auckland. The robotics competition brings together high school teams from across New Zealand, competing to represent New Zealand at the Vex World Robotics Championships ...
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Robotics: The C21 Team Sport

Guest blog post by  Chris Campbell. Most people don’t participate in robotics in New Zealand because most people don’t know what it is, but it is the fastest growing “sport” in my US school district, Bloomfield Hills , Michigan. Sitting in my dining room in Waikanae Beach at 1:00am on December 20 to Skype my team members instead ...
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Ambassador Gilbert visits Antarctica

by Ambassador Mark Gilbert As the New Year dawns, I’ve been reflecting on the past twelve months and looking ahead to continuing to deepen our vital friendship with New Zealand and Samoa.  2015 was an amazing year, and I am so grateful I was able to meet with and be inspired by so many New ...
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Explore the Grand Canyon of the Old West

Over the next year of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary , our new virtual intern, Ryan , will be publishing blog posts on various U.S. National Parks. The first was on the great Yellowstone National Park . Today he talks to us about the Grand Canyon. *** Explore the Grand Canyon of the Old West, by Ryan Valencia. At the heart of the ...
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Ashley Campbell, talks to us about her U.S. Education Experience

This week marks the 16th Annual International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested in making the leap to study in the United States. Today IEW is ...
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Rebecca Purvis, talks to us about her U.S. Education Experience

This week marks the 16th Annual International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested in making the leap to study in the United States. Today IEW is ...
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Kiwi, Priyanka Shekar, talks to us about her U.S. Education Experience

This week marks the 16th Annual International Education Week (IEW), a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Initially created so that America could inspire its students to travel abroad, IEW now encourages and supports foreign students interested in making the leap to study in the United States. Today IEW is ...
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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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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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Delighted to support TEDxChristchurch 2015

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

Social impact entrepreneur Soraya Darabi spent a week in New Zealand, September 1-4, speaking to audiences and groups about managing change and scaling startups in an Embassy funded program. In Auckland Soraya headlined Project:Connect (a tech/entrepreneurship/innovation seminar series, of which the Embassy is a founding partner) at AUT University to two audiences totaling over 250, ...
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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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Soraya Darabi is coming to NZ – How to lead the audacious change needed to keep your company relevant

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