New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


Kea proudly invites you to the fourth annual Kea Festival of Kiwi Short Films, once again showcasing world-class New Zealand cinema – in bite size portions. The festival will crisscross its way along the East Coast of Australia, screening in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.


On 14 July Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English met with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan in Wellington to discuss how New Zealand and Australia could strengthen the economic relationship and work together to tackle climate change.


New Zealand Attorney General Chris Finlayson attended the third ‘Quintet’ meeting of Attorneys-General.

The meeting was hosted by Australian Attorney General Robert McClelland in Sydney and attended by representatives from New Zealand, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. 

The group meets annually to share ideas and deal with issues of mutual concern such as counter-terrorism, national security, countering extremism, organised crime and legal cooperation.


Justice Minister Simon Power travelled to Australia to attend the final meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) in Adelaide.

SCAG is comprised of the Attorneys-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, its states and territories, and New Zealand's Minister of Justice. Norfolk Island has observer status.

“The final meeting addressed "a number of challenging contemporary justice issues, including cyber crime, social media and privacy, and match-fixing in sport,” Mr Power said.


Ministers English and Swan progress trans-Tasman relationship
Considerable progress has been made in further strengthening trans-Tasman ties, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English and Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan said.

After talks in Wellington, the ministers released a stock take showing the steps taken towards the creation of a Single Economic Market between the two countries since an outcome framework was announced in August 2009.


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.

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