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.
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.
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.
The 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP22) is underway in Marrakesh, Morocco (7-18 November 2016). I was Ambassador for the Environment last year which included responsibility for climate change. It was a privilege to have been closely engaged in the negotiations that led to the Paris Agreement.