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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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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