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: Anzac Day

In Conversation with Liam Kennedy, Australian Youth Speaker at the National Commemorative Service, Anzac Day 2018, in Wellington

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

In today’s episode Australian Defence Adviser Captain Christine Clarke is with Australian Youth Speaker Liam Kennedy, talking about the importance of Anzac Day. Liam represented Australia at the National Commemorative Service in Wellington this year.


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: Indigenous Business

Indigenous Business – In Conversation with Dr Donna Odegaard AM and Wayne Bergmann.

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

In today’s episode we’re joined by Dr Donna Odegaard AM and Wayne Bergmann, two members of the Australian Indigenous business delegation which visited New Zealand between 28 January and 3 February 2018. The aim of the visit was to support closer ties with New Zealand’s Maori economy and to learn from the successes of Maori businesses.


The full episode is available here.

Podcast: Women in Leadership Speaker Series – Diversity or Subversity

Women in Leadership Speaker Series – Diversity or Subversity

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

In today’s episode we’re joined by Mai Chen, Traci Houpapa MNZM and Louisa Wall MP to talk about gender, diversity and why it matters. This episode was recorded live at our Women in Leadership Speaker Series event in August.

The full episode is available at: https://www.buzzsprout.com/138726/626007-women-in-leadership-speaker-series-diversity-or-subversity

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

 

Why Prime Ministerial Visits Matter

Peter Woolcott

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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.

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Capital cities pioneering wildlife conservation together

Alison Russell-French

ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust join forces.

There are two sanctuaries that lie across the Tasman, nestled in the capital of Australia. In one, birds dive, swoop and flutter in water against the backdrop of the city; in the other miniature kangaroos and spotted carnivorous marsupials rummage through tufts of grass and gumtrees inside the protective guard of a predator-proof fence. Jerrabomberra Wetlands and Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

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‘ZEALANDIA by Night’ inspired the formation of Twilight Tours at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. Here a group meet before embarking through the sanctuary at night in search of unique native wildlife. Photograph by Stephen Corey Continue reading