Podcast: In Conversation with Australian High Commissioner, Ewen McDonald

Welcome to Trans-Tasman Tales, the free podcast by the Australian High Commission in New Zealand.

In today’s episode Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Cumpston sits down with Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, Ewen McDonald. Ewen and Andrew cover off the major topics – the trans-Tasman relationship, Ewen’s first impression of New Zealand, and of course, the footy.


The full episode is available here.

Podcast: Anzac Day

In Conversation with Liam Kennedy, Australian Youth Speaker at the National Commemorative Service, Anzac Day 2018, in Wellington

Welcome to Trans-Tasman Tales, the free podcast by the Australian High Commission in New Zealand.

In today’s episode Australian Defence Adviser Captain Christine Clarke is with Australian Youth Speaker Liam Kennedy, talking about the importance of Anzac Day. Liam represented Australia at the National Commemorative Service in Wellington this year.


The full episode is available here.

Faking it til you make it as a diplomat

By Alison Duncan

Having done diplomatic postings to Jakarta and Honiara, I’ll be honest and say that Wellington seemed like a pretty boring option.

But after meeting a handsome Kiwi in the Solomon Islands, it came to pass that, in 2015, I followed that well-trodden path of Aussies who move to NZ for love.

Fortunately, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade saw fit to give me a posting. Unfortunately, the only job at my level was an economic and trade one. An area in which I had, at that time, very little experience or interest.

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