New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


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


Prime Minister John Key will travel to Australia next month to take up an invitation from Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to be the first New Zealand Prime Minister to address the Australian Parliament.

“The invitation to address the Australian Parliament in Canberra was made by Prime Minister Gillard when I met her during her visit in March to attend the Christchurch earthquake memorial service,” says Mr Key.


Ministry for Forestry Mr David Carter addressed the Australian and New Zealand Forestry Conference in New Zealand on 5 May.  His speech is below.


I’m delighted that this joint Australian and New Zealand forestry conference is being held in New Zealand, and I’m equally pleased to see the emphasis on the broader Pacific region.


Commerce Minister Simon Power leaves today for talks on single economic market issues with Australian Ministers, MPs, and business leaders.

He will meet Attorney-General Robert McClelland, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer David Bradbury, and MPs Joe Hockey and Malcolm Turnbull.

“This trip follows up on my trip in September last year where I had talks with members of the new Australian Government,” Mr Power said.

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