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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Podcast: Indigenous Business

Indigenous Business – In Conversation with Dr Donna Odegaard AM and Wayne Bergmann.

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

In today’s episode we’re joined by Dr Donna Odegaard AM and Wayne Bergmann, two members of the Australian Indigenous business delegation which visited New Zealand between 28 January and 3 February 2018. The aim of the visit was to support closer ties with New Zealand’s Maori economy and to learn from the successes of Maori businesses.


The full episode is available here.

Developing Indigenous business linkages: a deadly encounter

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.

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Podcast: Women in Leadership Speaker Series – Diversity or Subversity

Women in Leadership Speaker Series – Diversity or Subversity

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

In today’s episode we’re joined by Mai Chen, Traci Houpapa MNZM and Louisa Wall MP to talk about gender, diversity and why it matters. This episode was recorded live at our Women in Leadership Speaker Series event in August.

The full episode is available at: https://www.buzzsprout.com/138726/626007-women-in-leadership-speaker-series-diversity-or-subversity

Podcast: Pacific Diplomacy

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

Behind the scenes on a State Visit

 

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.

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Australia’s nuclear and arms policy

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. 

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Gymnastics Australia in the Cook Islands

by Brooke Kneebush, Oceania Development Manager Gymnastics Australia

The Cook Islands is one of three countries to recently establish a new Gymnastics Federation with support from the International governance body. To support this, Gymnastics Australia has assisted the new Cook Islands Gymnastics Federation to apply for Australian Government grants, including a Direct Aid Program (DAP) Grant through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for equipment to conduct activities in local schools, villages and clubs.

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