By Ashleigh Muir
A year ago I walked into the Australian High Commission for the first time. I’d been offered and accepted a job as the High Commission’s Public Affairs Manager and they wanted me to experience a large High Commission event before I had to start planning these events myself.
By Alison Duncan
As the Passchendaele bell tolled at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park last Thursday, thousands of paper poppies poured from the top of the carillon over the heads of the assembled public. They were there to commemorate the centenary of New Zealand’s bloodiest day of battle, 12 October 1917, when 950 New Zealanders were killed or mortally wounded on the Western Front.
Women in Business: Glass Half Smashed?
On 4 October, the Australian High Commission hosted a Women in Leadership panel discussion with three inspirational business leaders. From risk-taking and life-long learning to realising you can’t do it all, listen to Ann, Joan and Kate share their wisdom and humour with 250 of our closest friends.
Ann Sherry AO
CEO of Carnival Australia and Director of Sydney Airport, Infrastructure Victoria, Australian Rugby, ING Direct Australia and Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
Chair of Mercury and The Warehouse Group, Director of ANZ
CEO of Chorus
Outgoing Driver to the High Commissioner, David Mos shares some thoughts about his time as a Diplomatic driver.
My journey with the Australian High Commission started with a few less than elegant practice launches in the Diplomatic car, followed by a guided visit to the High Commissioner’s residence. I returned to the Chancery to take the High Commissioner to a lunch he was attending and at that moment my driver training was complete – I was now on my own.
By Ryley Batt
The Australian Steelers were very excited to arrive in New Zealand last month to compete at the Asia Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Auckland, and there were so many things we looked forward to during this important trip.
Australian Steelers, led by captain Ryley Batt.
by Alanna Mackay, First Secretary at the Australian High Commission in Wellington
Originally posted at blog.dfat.gov.au.
State Visits are usually very formal affairs, with lots of gilt and glitter. Every country has their own traditions, but a State Visit will more often than not involve a formal welcome, a black tie lunch or dinner, a wreath laying at an important memorial, and a series of cultural events. The host country wants to put on a show; the guests are on their best behaviour. Behind the scenes, officials will have worked out every single detail to make sure the visit goes off without a hitch.
By Ian Duncan
As Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear physics and a smart Kiwi, once said: “We haven’t got the money, so we’ll have to think”.
The principles behind Rutherford’s quote, while relevant globally, relate particularly well with Australia and New Zealand’s strategies and plans for competing and excelling in the increasingly resource hungry research sphere. This was reinforced at the recent annual eResearch New Zealand Conference in Queenstown, which brought together 171 researchers, infrastructure operators, developers, and strategists.
As Aotearoa New Zealand celebrates Matariki, First Secretary Alanna Mackay writes:
Last weekend my family and I visited Wellington’s Space Place at Carter Observatory to see its ‘Matariki Dawn’ show. My kids are learning about Matariki at school, and they loved seeing how the Maori stories of the stars are linked to the changing seasons.
By Peter Woolcott AO
I have recently responded to correspondence asking why Australia has decided not to participate in recent negotiations towards a nuclear ban treaty. Given that this is an important policy position – and one where Australia’s position differs to that taken by New Zealand – I thought it would be useful to share my response more widely. I have also addressed comments regarding Australia’s support for progressing the Arms Trade Treaty.
By Kristin Blume and Kym Johnson
Canberra is Australia’s capital city. We are a city state, located a few hundred kilometres inland from Sydney, and known as Australia’s bush capital, and most liveable city. We have a population of nearly 400,000, projected to grow to half a million by 2033.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is committed to evolving Canberra into a smart and connected digital city, through a range of leading edge initiatives. Smart cities use real time information and technology to engage and collaborate with residents to better plan and access services, deliver integrated, smart transport, attract and create jobs, and place the citizen in the centre of all service delivery.