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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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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The Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States

Here’s newly sworn-in President Trump’s full speech   President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our ...
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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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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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Press Availability with Secretary of State, John Kerry and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Premier House Wellington, New Zealand November 13, 2016 from State.gov PRIME MINISTER KEY: Okay, good morning. So we had a great opportunity to welcome Secretary Kerry to New Zealand and to catch up with him after his brief but I’m sure important trip down to Antarctica. Let me just start by ...
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Talking Crisis Management and Security with Youth Council and Robert Jensen

By Daniel Millward, U.S. Embassy Youth Council Member. Risk is a fact of our everyday lives.  But what happens when an everyday risk becomes a one-off crisis?  The Auckland Youth Council met with a master of the science (and art) of risk mitigation and crisis management – and learned he had some, but not all ...
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Marking the Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11 in Auckland and Christchurch

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Consulate Auckland. In Auckland on Sunday, September 11th, more than 160 firefighters, joined by U.S. Ambassador Mark Gilbert, climbed the stairs of the Sky Tower in memory of firefighters lost in the September 11 World Trade Center attacks, as well as those New Zealand firefighters who have lost their lives ...
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U.S. Engagement in the Pacific – Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 10, 2016 View article. The United States deeply values our relationship with the countries of the Pacific region, with which we share common history, values, and goals. The Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are close partners of the United States on many global issues, and their challenges are our ...
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President Obama Announces New Policies to Promote Conservation & Build Resilience to Climate Change

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 01, 2016 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces New Policies to Promote Conservation and Build Resilience to Climate Change, with a focus on Pacific Islands In celebration of today’s opening of the World Conservation Congress, which the United States is hosting for the first time, President Obama ...
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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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Assistant Secretary Russel Travel to Laos and New Zealand

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 9, 2016. Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will travel to Laos and New Zealand August 11-16. In Laos, Assistant Secretary Russel will meet with Lao officials and attend the East Asia Summit Preparatory Senior Officials Meeting. This will be the last ...
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Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

The White House Office of the Vice President For Immediate Release July 21, 2016 Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Government House Auckland, New Zealand PRIME MINISTER KEY:  Okay, so good morning.  Can I start by acknowledging the Vice President?  We’re delighted to have you in New Zealand, ...
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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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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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U.S. Diplomats Talking American Issues of Civil Rights and the 2016 Elections with NZ High School students

By Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland. On June 16, 2016, diplomats Emily Armitage and Cavan Fabris spoke to Auckland High Schools about the American Civil Rights Movement. These presentations were a part of the American Insights Program which offers opportunities for schools to engage directly with U.S.diplomats. The diplomats introduced the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Famous Hawaiian performer Paula Fuga at Pasifika 2016

MEDIA RELEASE, March 11, 2016 One of Hawaii’s most respected live performers, Paula Fuga, will grace the main stage at this year’s Pasifika Festival on Saturday, March 12. Since her breakout modern Hawaiian soul debut album Lilikoi in 2007, Paula has gone on to tour the world with artists such as Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley, and ...
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New Zealand National Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC February 4, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of New Zealand on the 176th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi, or Te Tiriti o Waitangi, this February 6. The United States and New Zealand are ...
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The Next Century of Stewardship

National Parks Service Centennial In the fast paced world we live it is exceedingly important to remember and preserve the past that has shaped us. An area where kiwis can readily relate is the shared passion for the outdoors and the incredible natural beauty that can be found throughout both countries. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), ...
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Toys for Tots … collecting and giving toys for Kiwi kids this holiday season

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. Wellington-based Marines have spent the last few weeks collecting toys for Kiwi kids who are having a hard time this holiday season. In the days before Christmas the Marines delivered them to the Wellington Children’s hospital and to the City Mission. The U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program began in 1947 ...
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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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Coloring the Ambassador’s halls: Visiting artist Susan Swartz

By Raphael Solomon, Public Affairs Intern, U.S. Embassy, Wellington. Beautiful things can bring people together like little else. Sometimes art, music and cultural exchange can be just as important to diplomacy as trade deals and defense treaties. This has been recognized since President John F. Kennedy first formalized the Art in Embassies program in 1963 ...
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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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#ActOnClimate

On October 20, Ambassador Mark Gilbert  addressed business leaders at the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference in Auckland. He spoke about one of our key foreign policy priorities – mitigating climate change and working together to #ActOnClimate. Recently Secretary of State John Kerry addressed world leaders at the Our Ocean Conference in Chile, ...
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Poetry, American diva Renée Fleming and WoW.

By Caroline Toplis, Public Affairs, Wellington. September was a very cultural month for Embassy Wellington with a number of interesting visitors coming to town. We’ve had stimulating conversations and a peek into the world of New York publishing with Jonathan Galassi; soaring voices and more than a touch of glamor with Renée Fleming; and a ...
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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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Hannah and Bonnie’s Inspiring Stories from a Life Changing event

By Public Affairs staff, U.S. Embassy Wellington. Some awesome Kiwi talent had the experience of their lives at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Kenya, thanks to the U.S. Department of State and Embassy Wellington. Bonnie Howland, 19, of Wellington, and Hannah Duder, 23, of Christchurch, were the first New Zealanders to attend the GES on July 25 and 26. The conference, ...
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Kia ora Aotearoa!

By U.S. Ambassador, Mark Gilbert. Yesterday was a memorable and proud day for me and my family as I officially began my Ambassadorship to New Zealand. We arrived at Government House in the late morning and were graced with a traditional Maori pōwhiri welcome and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Guard of Honour salute. ...
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