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 Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum: Promoting Shared Prosperity

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).

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Podcast: Sister Cities

Sister Cities – In conversation with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr

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

Today we’re joined by Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, Andrew Barr to talk about the sister city relationship between Canberra and Wellington, and Australia’s recent voluntary postal survey on marriage equality.

The full episode is available at: http://www.buzzsprout.com/138726/602303-sister-cities-in-conversation-with-act-chief-minister-andrew-barr.mp3


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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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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Public policy lessons from across the ditch

Alison LinkedinThis week’s blog is by Alison Duncan. Alison heads up the economic and trade team at the Australian High Commission in New Zealand. She has previously served in Indonesia and Solomon Islands. 

She undertook ANZSOG’s Executive Master in Public Administration  from 2013-14.  In 2015, she was awarded a Young Public Sector Leader Award by the Institute of Public Administration of Australia in recognition of her academic and professional achievements. Continue reading