Wahine Toa: Aimee Kaio

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. For the next Wahine Toa blog I traveled to the world’s southernmost marae which is at the bottom of the South Island in Bluff. I met Aimee Kaio, a dedicated social entrepreneur from Ngāi Tahu, Tuhourangi, Ngāti Whakaue and Ngā Puhi, whose ...
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Wahine Toa 20: Professor Jacinta Ruru

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Jacinta Ruru is New Zealand’s first Māori Professor of Law, co-director of Ngā Pae o te Maramatanga (New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence), and a two-time Fulbright award grantee. Jacinta’s utmost mission has been straightforward: to bring a strong Indigenous voice ...
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Wahine Toa: Nicol “Kelly” Takurua

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Wahine Toa Nicol ‘Kelly’ Takurua of Ngāti Porou descent, is a champion social worker in rural Southland.  And , as she tells it, her interest in organizing and helping others with their lives is something she’s done all her life. Kelly’s family ...
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Wahine Toa: Brittany Teei

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Brittany Teei is a former professional tennis player, social entrepreneur, founder of KidsCoin tech-company, and she’s only 27 years young. Blessed with a prodigious mind and heart, this tenacious Ngāi Tahu woman recently shared her incredible story at the Remuera Tennis Club ...
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Wahine Toa: Deidre Otene

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. The next Wahine Toa feature is Deidre Otene of Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi. Over the last decade she has been at the forefront supporting Māori youth and women in grassroots communities. At the heart of her work is her own community in ...
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Wahine Toa: Libby Hakaraia

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Libby Hakaraia is a trailblazing journalist, author and filmmaker, broadcasting New Zealand’s culture and cinematic stories to the world. A masterful auteur,  Libby pioneered New Zealand’s first international indigenous film festival – Māoriland Film Festival. I visited this gifted storyteller in her ...
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Wahine Toa: Ranei Wineera – Parai

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Ranei Wineera-Parai is a change agent whose formidable community development work touches and improves lives in her home town of  Porirua and its environs. Ranei has mana tangata whenua (indigenous rights) through her Ngāti Toa iwi.   I had the privilege ...
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Calling Scholars: Apply for a fully funded 2017 exchange program in the United States

Apply by Friday January 20, 2017 at 5pm online using the Google Form . See Information Sheet for details. 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 Teachers: Apply for a fully funded 2017 exchange program in the United States

Apply by Friday January 20, 2017 at 5pm online using the Google Form . See Information Sheet for details. What is the program about? The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators (Teachers) is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of ...
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Wahine Toa Leadership Conference

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. In October, the United States Embassy in New Zealand brought together 140 Maori women from across the country for the Wahine Toa (“Women of Strength”) Leadership Conference, the culmination of two years of interviews and engagement with emerging female leaders from the ...
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Wahine Toa: Rukumoana Schaafhausen

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Our next Wahine Toa feature is Rukumoana Schaafhausen from Ngāti Haua. Her ardent desire to help her community, her church, and her Māori people is central to her story as the longest standing trustee for Waikato Tainui Te Kauhaunganui Inc, ...
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Auckland Careers Advisor Learns about Admissions at American Universities (Part 2)

Guest post by Kubi Witten-Hannah. PART 2 ( read PART 1 here ). My campus tour was an intense experience.  It started on the 15th July at Rutgers, New Brunswick and finished 9 days later at Rutgers, Newark.  It covered a total of 18 Universities and 22 campuses.  It was a really well put together tour with a mix ...
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Auckland Careers Advisor Learns about Admissions at American Universities (Part 1)

Guest post by Kubi Witten-Hannah ( read PART 2 here ). International ACAC (IACAC) was founded in 1991 and is affiliated with the US based National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). IACAC brings together over 2,000 professionals from more than 90 countries worldwide.  The membership includes school counsellors and university liaison staff to work cooperatively to help students access postsecondary ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 07, 2016 President Obama spoke yesterday by phone with Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand to thank him for the close friendship and partnership the two leaders have enjoyed over the last eight years.  During that time, U.S.-New Zealand cooperation reached unprecedented ...
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Wahine Toa: Kerensa Johnston

The latest Wahine Toa post by By Nancy Gilbert, wife of U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert. Kerensa Johnston is an accomplished lawyer who passionately advocates for Indigenous and human rights.  Her stellar career spans from the halls of academia to the court room and led to her recent appointment as first female CEO of Wakatū Incorporated. Wakatū is ...
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The American Dream: Myth or Reality?” Guest Blog by Lisa Mave

The American Dream: Myth or Reality?” Guest Blog by Lisa Mave on the 2016 Program of the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) Lisa Mavé is an alumna of the SUSI program in June/July of 2016. Lisa is Head of the Social Sciences Faculty at St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland. She is responsible for coordinating the ...
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USS Sampson – Kaikoura Earthquake Disaster Recovery Assistance.

From stuff.co.nz – America has come to Kaikoura – and they’re lending a hand to quake-hit locals. Sailors from the warship USS Sampson had arrived to help out as recovery efforts gathered steam in the town, which bore the brunt of a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Monday. Read the full article here . Our Coverage: An interview with CDR Tim LaBenz, Commanding ...
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International Education Week with Teague McKenna Harvey

This week marks the 17th 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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What happened? A message about the recent earthquake from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington.

A message about the recent earthquake from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington. What happened? A M7.5 earthquake occurred northeast of Culverdon, New Zealand at 00:02 NZDT on 14 November 2016. Strong shaking was felt throughout New Zealand and lasted for over two minutes in some locations, and there have been aftershocks. However, while this event has had a significant ...
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Statement from U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert

Just after the strong midnight earthquake shook New Zealand, the United States embassy Wellington went to work to help assess the damage and assist those in need. We successfully connected with all embassy staff and families, and while some minor breakages and small cracks are apparent, everyone is safe and accounted for. We quickly saw ...
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U.S. Ambassador Gilbert and Alex Dunlap Team up to Coach Kiwi Baseball Students

By Alex Dunlap, Winter Fellow, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. The Baseball New Zealand 13 and under team recently completed tournament play in the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, Maryland.  This year, the tournament field consisted of 10 champions from across the United States and 8 international teams representing Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, the ...
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U.S.-New Zealand Youth Council Kick-Offs for 2016

By Mara Hosoda and Victoria Triegaardt, Public Affairs U.S. Consulate Auckland and U.S. Embassy Wellington. The U.S. Embassy in New Zealand has run the U.S.-New Zealand Youth Council program since 2010. The program is based on the university structure with a student group at the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Victoria University of ...
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Ambassador and Consul General meet with resettled refugees in Auckland

Ambassador Gilbert and Consul General Higgins met with migrants and resettled refugees in Auckland yesterday to learn about their adjustment to life as “Kiwis.”  Participants were complimentary of support from the Ministry of Social Development and Umma Trust, which run programs to help refugees to settle in Aotearoa.  Participants said overall they were very grateful ...
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Cooley Law Krinock Lecture

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