New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


In early March 2011, the Australian Political Exchange Council hosted the Eighth Delegation from New Zealand.

The Group travelled to Sydeny, Canberra and from Dubbo to Tamworth.  They met with a number of Australian political representatives and organisations to discuss the Australian political system and local issues.

The Delegation was also hosted by the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner Vangelis Vitalis.


New Zealand’s Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata, and Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, met in Auckland on 8 April to collaborate on energy efficiency measures for households and businesses.

The discussions covered the development of legislation for consistent energy standards and labelling for household appliances across both countries. These labels make it easier for shoppers to identify which appliances would lead to the biggest savings on their electricity and gas bills.


On 6 April Foreign Minister Murray McCully addressed a public symposium to speak about “New Zealand, Australia and China’s Rise.”  His speech is below.


On 25 and 26 March, Foreign Minister Murray McCully hosted his Australian counterpart, Kevin Rudd, in Christchurch for their twice-yearly meeting.

The Australian Foreign Minister arrived in Christchurch and spent time meeting with Australian personnel assisting with earthquake recovery and marking his respect for the victims of the earthquake.

The two foreign ministers then held formal talks in Christchurch.


Bill Shorten, Australian Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation:

Australians can now donate directly to the Christchurch earthquake appeal

Australians will be able to make tax deductible donations directly to the New Zealand Government’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal after the Government agreed today to list the Appeal by name in the tax laws as a deductible gift recipient (DGR).


18 March 2011
Prime Minister John Key's Speech to the Christchurch Earthquake National Memorial Service

North Hagley Park

We are here today to remember the people we have lost, to express our grief and sorrow, and to re-affirm our commitment to this city and to each other.

On the 22nd of February Christchurch experienced an earthquake of such violence that it stole from us the lives of dozens of people, and dramatically altered the lives of tens of thousands more.


We wish to advise that the New Zealand High Commission in Canberra and Consulates General in Sydney and Melbourne will be closed from 10.30am to approximately 12.00 noon on Friday 18 March so that staff may attend memorial services.

On 7 March Prime Minister John Key announced that a National Memorial Service for the victims of the February 22 earthquake would be held in Christchurch, also on Friday March 18.


Prime Minister John Key is welcoming the news that the Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott will all attend the Christchurch Earthquake National Memorial Service on Friday 18 March.

“This is a heart-warming show of solidarity with New Zealand by the leadership of Australia.

“It is a concrete demonstration of the sentiment Prime Minister Gillard expressed during her visit to New Zealand last month that New Zealand is 'family',” says Mr Key.


Police Minister Judith Collins has thanked her Australian counterparts for the assistance of Australian Police officers following the devastating Christchurch earthquake.

Ms Collins has written to the Federal Government and the Police Ministers from South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Northern Territory, Western Australia and New South Wales to convey the New Zealand Government’s appreciation for their help.

Around 300 Police officers from throughout Australia began arriving in Christchurch on 25 February.


Please see below for a Ministerial Statement by Prime Minister John Key to the New Zealand Parliament on 4 March 2011.


On this day two weeks ago, the great city of Christchurch was ripped apart by a devastating earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale.

So far it has been confirmed that 166 loved ones have lost their lives, and we are told that the final death toll could be more than 200.

To lose so many people at once, including many foreign nationals, is hard to fathom. It is a tragedy that one cannot put into words.

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