New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


An air alliance between Air New Zealand and the Virgin Blue group to operate integrated services on trans-Tasman routes has been given the green light by Transport Minister Steven Joyce.

New Zealand’s agreement, in addition to the recent authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), means Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue will be able to work together on the services and fares they offer on trans-Tasman services.


Civil Defence Minister John Carter has praised three international agreements that will bring New Zealand, Australian and United States civil defence agencies closer together.

The process began in May last year when the Ministry and the Attorney-General’s Department of Australia signed a formal administrative arrangement.

That agreement was followed by a Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Attorney-General’s Department and FEMA.


Justice Minister Simon Power leaves today for a meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General in Canberra.

The Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) is comprised of the Attorneys-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, its states and territories, and New Zealand's Minister of Justice.

Mr Power will be making a presentation on his recent trip to Europe where he examined how inquisitorial court systems are used in cases involving child victims.


The Immigration Act 2009 comes into effect from 29 November 2010.

It does not make major changes to the criteria under which people apply to travel to and stay in New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand's forms and guides have been updated in line with the Immigration Act 2009. The forms and guides are available to download now, but can only be used for applications lodged on and after 29 November 2010.

Key changes are in the following areas:


Speech by Prime Minister John Key on Pike River Mine tragedy:

This afternoon New Zealand has been devastated by the news we have all been dreading.

A second explosion at the Pike River Mine confirms our very worst fears.

The 29 men whose names and faces we have all come to know, will never walk amongst us again.

This is a national tragedy.

A tragedy for the men's families, their workmates and friends, their community and our nation.

New Zealand is a small country.

A country where we are our all our brothers keeper.


On 10 November, Customs Minister Maurice Williamson, and Brendan O'Connor, Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, announced the release of the first trans-Tasman time release study (TRS) which looked at how quickly imported cargo is released by Customs.

The study highlights the performance of each country's Customs Service and has measured and mapped the clearance process for exports and imports traded between both countries.


On 3 November, New Zealand's Minister for Climate Change Issues Nick Smith and Australia's Minister for Climate Change Greg Combet met in Sydney.

"New Zealand and Australia have enjoyed a very constructive working relationship on climate change and yesterday's meeting has reaffirmed this ongoing commitment between our two governments," the Ministers said.


Immigration New Zealand has launched a campaign to deter people smugglers from targeting New Zealand.

The web-based campaign aims to raise awareness among people smugglers and those who support their activities of the risks associated with illegal migration ventures.

“New Zealand has zero tolerance for people smugglers who prey on the vulnerable and put lives at risk”, the Head of immigration New Zealand, Nigel Bickle says.


The New Zealand films Boy and Home by Christmas and the Australian films Bran Nue Dae and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole have received nominations in the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film.

Australian actor Tony Barry has been nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor category for his role in Home by Christmas, directed by Gaylene Preston.


The Australasian World Music Expo (AWME) will take place in Melbourne from 18-21 November, 2010.  The Expo is now in its third year, and is considered to be the Australia-Pacific region's premier music industry conference.  The event will showcase Indigenous, roots and world music from around the region.

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