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
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 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.
This 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