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.
By Ann Sherry, Executive Chairman, Carnival Australia
Australia and New Zealand are more than neighbours – shared values, a history of collaboration, and a degree of economic integration that is admired around the world make us partners whose future and prosperity are intimately linked. The strength of the bilateral relationship has been built on the good work of many, and foremost among the organisations making an important contribution is the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF).
By Alison Duncan
Shortly after my arrival at the Australian High Commission in Wellington in January 2015, my colleague Nick Williams infected me with his enthusiasm for New Zealand’s Māori economy. Nick, a young Aboriginal man from Queensland, had been following the growth and success of Māori business and was interested in the opportunity for Australian Indigenous businesses to learn from their Māori counterparts.
Pacific Diplomacy – In conversation with DFAT’s Daniel Sloper
Welcome to Trans-Tasman Tales, the free podcast by the Australian High Commission in New Zealand.
Today we’re joined by First Assistant Secretary, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Daniel Sloper to talk about diplomacy in the Pacific and the Trans-Tasman relationship.
The full episode is available at: http://www.buzzsprout.com/138726/613357-pacific-diplomacy-in-conversation-with-dfat-s-daniel-sloper.mp3
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
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 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.
New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Queenstown for the annual Leaders Meeting.
As the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand the event you look forward to most each year is the annual Leaders Meeting.
While invariably short, these visits can accomplish a huge amount for a bilateral relationship. They set the direction for work that will continue long after the PM’s plane leaves, and they build the foundations of mutual respect and trust between leaders which is so important in maintaining strong relationships between countries. It is also a chance to cut through bureaucratic thickets and get decisions made.
Brendan Lyon is the Chief Executive of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
Australia and New Zealand have a great relationship, because we’ve got a lot of shared experience and a huge amount of mutual regard and trust.
That’s why the Closer Economic Relations treaty was possible – an agreement to integrate two national economies which remains a world-class example more than 30 years on.