New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


Minister attending justice meeting in Australia

Justice Minister Simon Power will be attending the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General in Melbourne on May 7.

The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) comprises the Attorneys-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, its states and territories, and New Zealand's Minister of Justice.


The New Zealand Consulate-General in Brisbane will close permanently on Monday 3 May 2010. From 9 am on Tuesday 4 May, all consular and other enquiries (except those regarding visas or passports) should be referred to the New Zealand Consulate-General in Sydney.


Commerce Minister Simon Power today said good progress was being made on advancing the single economic market between Australia and New Zealand.

He told the Trans-Tasman Business Circle in Auckland that an inter-governmental group, formed to advance the outcomes identified by Prime Ministers John Key and Kevin Rudd in their Joint Statement of Intent last August, was due to report on its progress soon.


New Zealand Minister for Trade, Tim Groser, and Australian Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, have announced that Australia and New Zealand have agreed on a series of actions to foster closer collaboration on trade and investment promotion to global markets.

Mr Groser said substantial progress had been made on greater collaboration on trade between the two countries and that the proposed initiatives promised to further strengthen and deepen ties between the countries.


On 22 March Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced that the new double tax agreement between New Zealand and Australia has come into force, bringing in lower withholding tax rates on certain dividend, interest and royalty payments made between New Zealand and Australia.


New Zealand is being represented at this year’s L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) by three labels – Karen Walker and Zambezi from Auckland and Nom*D from Dunedin.


On 10 March Minister for Immigration, Jonathan Coleman, addressed the New Zealand/Australian Business Investment Forum to speak about immigration and the New Zealand economy.

A transcript of his speech can be found at the Beehive website.


On 17 February, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced that the introduction of a new double tax agreement between Australia and New Zealand took a further step towards completion, with the signing of an Order in Council that incorporates the agreement into New Zealand law. 


Minister for Corrections, Police and Veterans' Affairs, Judith Collins, addressed the Trans-Tasman Business Circle on 19 February 2010.

Her speech can be found at the Beehive website.


On 6 February 2010, Waitangi Day was commemorated across New Zealand and among New Zealand communities across Australia. To see New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's Waitangi day speech, please visit the Beehive website.

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