New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

28-02-11

The Australian Federal Government has announced that assistance measures for those affected by flooding in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales will be extended to those affected by Cyclone Yasi.

The Australian Government has agreed to provide ex-gratia assistance to New Zealand non-protected Special Category Visa holders (subclass 444) residing in Australia who can provide evidence they have been working in Australia in the past three years and who have been affected by the recent flooding events in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria or Cyclone Yasi.

28-02-11

Condolence Books

The New Zealand High Commission in Canberra and Consulates General in Sydney and Melbourne have opened condolence books to the public. 

28-02-11

Prime Minister John Key today launched the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, a global fundraiser for the recovery effort in the city and the Canterbury region.

“It’s vital we reach as many people throughout the world as possible who want to help. This isn’t just New Zealand’s tragedy – the February 22 earthquake affected countless people internationally.

28-02-11

On 25 February, 2011, a contingent of Australian Federal Police personnel left Canberra to support recovery efforts in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the devastating earthquake on 22 February.

The contingent were farewelled by Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Vangelis Vitalis. The Acting High Commissioner's speech follows:

28-02-11

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake occurred near the city of Christchurch in Canterbury, New Zealand, on 22 February 2011.

Updates on the earthquake are available on the Canterbury Earthquake website.

More information can be found on the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website.

16-02-11

A new Investment Protocol under the Closer Economic Relations (CER) trade agreement further strengthens the investment relationship between Australia and New Zealand, Finance Minister Bill English says.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key signed the Investment Protocol in Wellington today.

16-02-11

Prime Ministers John Key and Julia Gillard held bilateral talks in Wellington on 16 February 2011 during Prime Minister Gillard’s first official visit to New Zealand.

The Prime Ministers welcomed the opportunity to meet and committed to holding annual Prime Ministerial talks.

14-02-11

On 2 February, Prime Minister John Key announced that the 2011 General Election will take place on Saturday 26 November.

“I believe it is in the country’s best interests to know the date of the General Election early in election year,” said Mr Key.

“It creates certainty for New Zealanders and allows people to plan accordingly. This is particularly true this year when the Rugby World Cup, the third largest sporting event in the world, is being hosted by New Zealand.

14-02-11

Prime Minister John Key announced that Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard would visit New Zealand on 15 and 16 February.

“I am pleased to be able to welcome Julia Gillard to New Zealand on her first visit as Prime Minister,” said Prime Minister Key.

“I believe her visit will strengthen the already strong partnership between New Zealand and Australia, and will continue a long-standing tradition of regular contact between the prime ministers of our two countries.

14-02-11

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp and his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith held their annual meeting in Wellington on 10 February.

The Ministers acknowledged the importance of our close and enduring defence relationship, based on a common history, a shared strategic outlook, and sticking together in troubled times. This was especially evident in the offers of assistance following the multiple disasters that have recently affected our countries: Tropical Cyclone Yasi, the Queensland floods, the Pike River coal mine disaster, and the Canterbury earthquake.

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