New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 website.


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.


Minister for Justice Simon Power has announced a package of new measures aimed at resolving trans-Tasman disputes more effectively and at lower cost.  The package was passed into law in New Zealand on 25 August 2011.

The Trans-Tasman Proceedings Bill:

• Allows civil proceedings from one country to be served on a defendant in the other country as of right.

• Expands the range of civil court judgments from one country that can be enforced in the other, and streamlines the process for enforcement of those judgments.


Between 2 and 12 September, New Zealand's Giant Rugby Ball venue will be open to the public at Circular Quay in Sydney.

The inflatable Ball can hold up to 220 visitors and will provide a multi-media experience promoting New Zealand's tourism offerings.  At night it will be used to host trade and industry events showcasing the best of New Zealand.

The Giant Rugby Ball's presence in Sydney has been timed for the beginning of the one year to go countdown to Rugby World Cup 2011 on 9 September and the Bledisloe Cup match to be played in the city on 11 September.


On 11 August, Minister for Climate Change Issues Nick Smith addressed the Australia New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference in Sydney.

Smith spoke about New Zealand's four climate change goals and emissions trading scheme.

A transcript of the speech can be found at the Beehive website.


On 5 August, Prime Minister John Key announced that New Zealand would host the Pacific Islands Forum in 2011.

The Pacific Islands Forum is the key regional body for leaders to discuss the political, economic and developmental issues facing the region.  Australia is also a member.

The Auckland event will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Forum, which held its first Leaders' Meeting in Wellington in 1971.

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