New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


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.


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.

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