New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


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.



On Tuesday 24 May, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard hosted a reception at Parliament House to thank the Australian rescuers, medical experts, police and Australian Defence Force personnel involved in the emergency responses to the Christchurch earthquake and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  The recpetion was also attended by New Zealand High Commissioner Mr Martyn Dunne.


On 19 May 2011, Australian Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations Senator Chris Evans met with some of the 170 New Zealand students who have been studying at Adelaide University since the Christchurch Earthquake on 22 February this year.

The New Zealand High Commission would like to warmly thank the Australian Government, Adelaide University and all Australians who have supported New Zealand following this tragedy. 


Prime Minister John Key says Budget 2011 sets out the next steps of the Government’s programme to build faster growth, increase national savings and create sustainable jobs built on savings, exports and productive investment.

It also sets up a $5.5 billion Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Fund to help rebuild Christchurch after the two devastating earthquakes.


Budget 2011 includes an extra $3.5 million in operational funding for SmartGate, Customs Minister Maurice Williamson says.

The Budget also provides $3.4 million in capital spending for 2011/12.

The system, which uses face recognition biometric technology from the information stored in a microchip inside ePassports, has recently just clocked its one millionth passenger.

“SmartGate is an unqualified success and the uptake at New Zealand airports has been well ahead of expectations,” Mr Williamson says.


New Zealand Customs Minister Maurice Williamson and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor have welcomed the successful completion of Exercise Tasman Union.

Exercise Tasman Union was a joint training operation by Customs agencies in each country.

The exercise involved a realistic scenario of simultaneous precursor drug importations into New Zealand and Australia using small water craft. In the exercise, both countries were required to respond to the threat at their respective borders

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