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: Playwrights vs Novelists – In Conversation with Joanna Murray-Smith

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

In today’s episode we’re joined by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, whose play Switzerland is currently being performed at Circa Theatre Wellington. In this episode she discusses playwrights and novelists, gives advice to aspiring writers and answers the age old question – is the humble pav Australian and Kiwi?


The full episode is available here.

Podcast: Women in Leadership Speaker Series – Glass Half Smashed

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

On 4 October 2017, The Australian High Commission hosted its Women in Leadership Speaker Series, with Kate McKenzie, Joan Withers and Ann Sherry AO. Hosted by Alison Duncan, the three speakers discuss women, leadership and whether that ceiling is still intact.


The full episode is available here.

The life of a Diplomatic driver

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.

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Fly fishing diplomacy

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Piero Bertocchi releases a rainbow trout on a backcountry river in the South Island

Piero Bertocchi, Assistant Defence Adviser, Australian High Commission in New Zealand

For a fly fisherman, receiving a three year posting to the Australian High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand was like a dream come true. As a fishing friend of mine said – ‘that’s some job!’ Indeed it has been a true privilege to live, work and play in this wonderful country. But now in my final year here, it is with a tinge of regret, I contemplate my last trout season during the posting. With the opening of the trout season (1 October) rapidly approaching, I have been busy tying flies and preparing my gear for the fishing ahead but also reflecting on the journey already travelled.

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New Colombo Plan students broadening their horizons in the Cook Islands!

Kia Orana! For a three week period, eleven law students from the University of Newcastle undertook internships within the Cook Islands public service. Through the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) they were able to gain pre-graduate experience in drafting legislation and reviewing parliamentary material. They also broadened their expertise in court procedures and issue-spotting skills in relation to different departments and management strategies. None of these achievements would have been possible without the support of their different Cook Islands supervisors and encouragement from the dedicated staff in each agency. Below is a snapshot of each student’s experience in the Cook Islands.

HOM with NCP students - Cook Islands

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Learnings from the Māori economy and benefits for Australia and New Zealand

Nick Williams, Former Second Secretary at the Australian High Commission in New Zealand

Learning about the growth of the Māori economy was a fascinating experience during my posting to New Zealand over the past three years. As an Australian of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with Māori to gain a deeper understanding of culture and to explore the drivers of Māori economic development.

Nick

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The Battle of the Somme – 100 years on

Alison Duncan

Aust memorial

Two years ago, I undertook a pilgrimage to the Somme with my Kiwi fiancé and our baby son. I’m not a religious person and I don’t bandy about the term ‘pilgrimage’.  But as the great granddaughter of a Somme veteran and the fiancée of a former New Zealand army officer, there was indeed something of the spiritual in our passage around those beautiful green fields of France.

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