New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


Finance Minister Bill English will visit Australia in the next two weeks, where he will speak to business audiences and have discussions with various financial and industry leaders in Sydney and Melbourne.

"It's important that we maintain our strong links with the business and investment community across the Tasman, because we have many common challenges and opportunities," Mr English said.


Trade Minister Tim Groser will be the first New Zealand Minister to attend an Australian Ministerial Council of International Trade in Sydney this week.

New Zealand already participates on a number of Australian Ministerial Councils across areas such as food regulation, consumer affairs, primary industries and natural resource management.


The New Zealand Youth Choir is currently touring internationally and will perform in Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai , Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney.

The Choir will be holding a number of performances around Australia with support from the New Zealand Government through the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s Cultural Diplomacy International Programme.

As well, the choir continues to receive support for touring from Creative New Zealand, and new to this tour is a sponsorship partnership with Education New Zealand.


Kea and the New Zealand Victoria Business Group have put their heads together to create a thrilling night of rugby, entertainment, fine New Zealand food and beverage and, you little beauty, the ONLY official event featuring the All Blacks before the 31 July Bledisloe Cup match in Melbourne!

This black tie event will be held at Docklands in Melbourne on the 28th of July and is open to both Kea members and the public.


Prime Minister John Key has congratulated new Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on her elevation to the top role and acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Mr Key described the relationship between New Zealand and Australia as "a critical one and our most important with any country."


On 23 June, the Australian and New Zealand Government signed a revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Coordination of Business Law.

The MOU was signed at the Closer Economic Relations meeting in Canberra by the Australian Minister for Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law, Chris Bowen, and the New Zealand Minister of Commerce, Simon Power.


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.

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