New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


Inventors in New Zealand and Australia can look forward to a faster, cheaper and more streamlined trans-Tasman patent process, as announced by New Zealand Commerce Minister Simon Power, and Australian Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr.

The Ministers have agreed to an implementation plan that will deliver a single application process for both countries by early 2013, and a single patent examination by June 2014.


Prime Minister John Key announced on 20 June the intention of the Australian and New Zealand Governments to proceed with the establishment of the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA).

The new agency will regulate medicines, medical devices and new medical interventions such as cellular therapy.

“Following discussions with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, we have decided officials on both sides of the Tasman will immediately begin work on the implementation of the new agency,” says Mr Key.


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited Australia from 19 to 21 June 2011.


Address to Australian Parliament

Mr Harry Jenkins, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senator the Honourable John Hogg, President of the Senate.

The Honourable Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia.

The Honourable Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition.

Honourable Members of the Australian Parliament.

Distinguished guests.

It is a great privilege to address you in this esteemed chamber.


On 22 June, Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland welcomed the passage of legislation through the Australian Parliament that will help ensure Trans-Tasman legal disputes can be more easily resolved and at a lower cost.

Mr McClelland said the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Amendment and Other Measures Bill 2011 will bring the legal systems of Australia and New Zealand closer together.  He also said New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s visit to Australia last week highlighted the close bond between our countries.


Tim Groser and Craig Emerson - Malaysia to host ASEAN Integration Partnership Forum
Malaysia will host the inaugural Integration Partnership Forum of ASEAN nations, Australia and New Zealand to discuss the benefits of regional economic integration and trade deals.

Drawing on the example of close commercial ties between Australia and New Zealand, ASEAN countries will consider ways to strengthen their economic ties as they build a single ASEAN Economic Community.


The New Zealand High Commission has welcomed its new High Commissioner Mr Martyn Dunne.

On 31 May 2011, High Commissioner Dunne presented his Letter of Introduction to the Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard.

Martyn Dunne had been Comptroller and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Customs Service since September 2004. Prior to joining Customs, Martyn spent 27 years in the New Zealand Defence Force, most recently as Commander Joint Forces in the rank of Major General, and his military service included appointments with the New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS).


New Zealand and Australian seniors to share discounts

Discounts for seniors are set to go trans-Tasman with Senior Citizens Minister John Carter announcing reciprocal arrangements for the SuperGold Card with Australian state and territorial governments.

“Under this initiative, both New Zealand’s SuperGold and Australia’s state and territory Seniors Card holders will be able to get discounts when travelling in Australia and New Zealand,” said Mr Carter.


Trade Minister Tim Groser joined Ministers from countries participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations to exchange views and provide further guidance to negotiators.

Ministers from the nine TPP participating countries were present in the United States for a meeting of APEC Trade Ministers.

"There was a sense that the negotiation is making steady progress and we agreed to aim for the broad outline of an agreement by November," said Mr Groser.


Austrade (the Australian Trade Commission) has announced it will be working with the New Zealand Government and related agencies to compile a supplier database to assist Australian companies to help rebuild Christchurch following the devastating earthquakes of 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011.

Australian businesses with capabilities across a wide range of sectors are invited to register and should visit the Austrade website.


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