New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

04-11-10

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.

20-10-10

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.

18-10-10

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.

11-10-10

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.

07-10-10

Minister for Regulatory Reform and Minister of Local Government Hon Rodney Hide will visit Australia to meet with leading experts in the fields of productivity, regulation and local government.

During Mr Hide's two-day visit he will meet with Victoria Treasurer John Lender MP, and CEO of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal New South Wales James Cox, to discuss regulatory management developments in Australia.

28-09-10

Kea is proud to invite you to our third annual Kea Festival of Kiwi Short Films with the best wee films you hear so much about but never get to see.

The festival will show on the big screen in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne and, if demand is high, for the first time on the Gold Coast.

Each event will include drinks kindly provided by our partners Giesen and Steinlager Pure either before or after the screening.

28-09-10

On 23 October, New Zealand's Minister of Commerce, Simon Power, the Australian Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong, and the Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, the Hon David Bradbury, held talks in Canberra on the economic relationship between the two countries.

It was the first official meeting of New Zealand and Australian Ministers in these portfolios since the new Australian Government was formed earlier this month.

15-09-10

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Cup, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington has loaned the skeleton of Phar Lap to Melbourne Musuem for display between 16 September 2010 and 30 January 2011.

More information can be found at the Te Papa website or the Melbourne Museum website.

15-09-10

Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region is recovering well from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake on 4 September.

Travellers who have bookings for travel to Christchurch and the Canterbury region over the next few weeks should contact their travel providers for the latest updates.

For further information see the http://www.canterburyearthquake.govt.nz/ website.

09-09-10

Prime Minister John Key yesterday congratulated incumbent Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, for winning the right to govern after the hard-fought Australian federal election.

"Since the election two weeks ago, negotiations between parties have been intense. Here in New Zealand, we fully appreciate the effort that goes into these negotiations prior to forming a government, and I congratulate Ms Gillard for retaining the role of Prime Minister," says Mr Key.

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