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Final blog from Ottawa

11th October 2012 by , | No Comments

A new and evolving part of Ministry lore is our use of social media as a vital component in pursuit of New Zealand’s interests overseas.  When I started blogging in 2010 the Ministry was taking early and tentative steps into a space where, once you say something, it is in the public space for eternity.  I have

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Reflections on visit to Jamaica

12th August 2012 by , | No Comments

My previous blog focussed on a number of community projects New Zealand is funding in Jamaica.  It was a great day out in rural Jamaica and quite a bit cooler with lower humidity than Kingston as a result of the elevation.  So much of what I saw and heard from the people I met had symmetry

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1st August 2012 by , | No Comments

I blogged recently that I was going to be in Jamaica for work in early August.  Well I am here right now in the company of  Mike Sandle, Team Manager of the New Zealand Black Caps, our men’s national cricket team, and two of the team Chris Martin and Dean Brownlie.  We left Kingston early this

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Jamaica – 50 Years of Independence, Cricket and Future Challenges

17th July 2012 by , | No Comments

I am visiting Jamaica from 30 July to 3 August.  I have a number of official calls on Ministers and senior officials but this time I have three other items on my schedule.  In a happy coincidence Jamaica is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of Independence on 6 August just two days before the start of

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Canada Day 2012

9th July 2012 by , | No Comments

This week I have turned my Canada Day blog over to Sarah, who together with New Zealand Army Exchange Officer, Major Esther Harrop MNZM, represented New Zealand at the annual commemoration of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont Hamel, also on 1 July. 1 July is a day of celebration for all Canadians. In Ottawa

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Doping in Sport

12th June 2012 by , | No Comments

I was in Montreal a couple of weeks back.  Ordinarily work visits to Montreal (two hours by road from Ottawa) relate to discussions with Think Tanks and the business community.  Montreal, however is also the  headquarters of a number of international organisations, including  IATA (International Air Transport Authority); CBD (The Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity) and

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The Pacific and The Caribbean: The Ties of Mutual Interest

5th June 2012 by , | No Comments

I was in New York recently for a day.  The key purpose was to support New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, in our engagement with the Caribbean region.  A number of my previous blogs have discussed my role as non-resident High Commissioner (based in Ottawa) to four countries in the Caribbean: Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago,

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New Zealand wine in Canada: The story, like the wine, just keeps getting better

17th May 2012 by , | No Comments

The remarkable story around the evolution of the New Zealand wine industry continues apace.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Canada.   As little as ten years ago if you had asked Canadians what they associated with New Zealand you would have got a variation on kiwis (or kiwifruit as they are known in NZ,

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New Zealanders in Canada

3rd May 2012 by , | No Comments

Since starting my blog I have invited a number of colleagues to make contributions to highlight the range of work undertaken by the wider team at the High Commission in Ottawa and by colleagues who work with us on New Zealand issues, but are based elsewhere i.e Vancouver, Toronto and Washington. I have invited Taryn

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25th April 2012 by , | No Comments

It was my Australian colleague’s turn to take the primary hosting role for ANZAC Day here in Ottawa.  This was Louise Hand’s first ANZAC Day in Canada and in the spirit of what the day means for both of our countries, she did us proud.  It was a wonderful address, reflective of the history, the

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