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  • Photos from the 2014 Independence Day event in Wellington.

    Photos from the 2014 Independence Day event in Wellington.

  • President Barack Obama meets with New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key, Friday, June 20, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP / AP)

    Click above for information from Prime Minister John Key's visit to DC. Photo, June 20, 2014 (AP)

  • US Embassy holds 2014 Connecting Young Leaders Conference in Christchurch.

    US Embassy holds 2014 Connecting Young Leaders Conference in Christchurch. View photos.

  • The Project: Digital Disruption conference. Auckland, April 30 - May 1, 2014.

    The Project: Digital Disruption conference. Auckland, April 30 - May 1, 2014.

Mission News

  • Consul General Jim Donegan with his wife, Sue Donegan in front of Air New Zealand’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
    August 4, 2014 - Consul General Previews Air New Zealand’s New Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
    Last month Consul General Jim Donegan, Sue Donegan, and members of Auckland’s diplomatic and business communities were invited on board Air New Zealand’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Auckland Airport. Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan told the CG that the aircraft is the first of ten 787s of which Air New Zealand will take delivery to replace its aging 767s and 747s. The plane landed in Auckland on July 11 after a 14 hour non-stop flight from Boeing’s Seattle manufacturing base. The aircraft represents the strength of enduring commercial ties between the United States and New Zealand – particularly in leading edge/high tech products. [read more]
    Today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United Nations Representative in Jerusalem, Special Coordinator Robert Serry, has received assurances that all parties have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza.  Secretary Kerry made the announcement during his trip to India, where he delivered remarks to the press. - See more at:
  • Wil McLellan, Director of the EPIC Innovation Centre.
    July 09, 2014 - Christchurch innovator awarded prestigious US scholarship.
    Wil McLellan, Director of the EPIC Innovation Centre, was officially announced as an Eisenhower Fellow by US Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Marie Damour at the US Embassy’s Independence Day reception held this evening in Christchurch.

    Mr McLellan, who was selected from a pool of international applicants, will travel to the US in September to participate in the 2014 Eisenhower Innovation Program. He will meet with leading experts and business leaders to discuss entrepreneurship, trade and investment. [read more].
  • Vote!
    June 27, 2014 - A Message for U.S. Citizens - Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections!

    In order to vote in the November 2014 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2014.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. [find out more]

  • Secretary Kerry – Remarks at Pacific Day Policy Seminar.
    June 19, 2014 - Secretary Kerry – Remarks at Pacific Day Policy Seminar.
    President Obama is absolutely committed to continuing to make certain that everybody understands this rebalance is not a passing fancy, it’s not a momentary thing, and in fact it has grown.  We recently renegotiated a long-term defense pact with Japan.  We have reaffirmed our relationship with South Korea.  We have, obviously, with ASEAN and our presence in Southeast Asia as well as throughout the islands and the nations southwards to New Zealand and Australia, we’ve strengthened our presence there.  And we are continuing and we will continue, I can guarantee you, to work to impress on people that the values that bring us together don’t belong to one country.  They don’t belong to one nation.  I would tell you that I think they are genuinely universal values, and they certainly don’t belong to any ideology. [read speech] [more coverage]
  • U.S. kiwi expert awarded NZ’s highest accolade.
    June 16, 2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry Reception Remarks at Our Ocean Conference.
    John Kerry, Secretary of State: I want to welcome someone who has been a friend and partner in the State Department’s effort to champion ocean conservation at the international level, and that is the Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully. (Applause.) Murray and I have done a duet here in Washington before. We’ve had a chance to see each other along the way here and there, but I called him because I knew that as the steward of an island nation in the Pacific, he really has as good an understanding about this as anybody around. And like other island nations, New Zealand is obviously on the frontlines of climate change and the other challenges that are facing the marine world. [read remarks] [Oceans Conference website]
  • WWII Veterans Return To Their Old Wellington Haunts.
    May 16, 2014 - WWII Veterans Return To Their Old Wellington Haunts.
    Last week Embassy staff and Marines were delighted to meet and assist with the visit by a group of six American WWII veterans. The veterans returned to Wellington for the first time in over 70 years. The group of Marine veterans aged 88-93, all trained in New Zealand prior to fighting in the four-day Battle of Tarawa, Kiribati in 1943, considered one of the most violent battles of WWII. They were camped at Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast, and at Titahi Bay in Porirua City. [read blog post/view photos]

Embassy Notes

Virtual Library 2010-2014

  • Virtual Library of Ambassador David Huebner's tenure, 2010-2014.

Consular Updates

  • Monthly blog posts from U.S. Consulate General, Auckland.

Education USA App

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Work And Travel Visa

  • Student Visa.

SelectUSA Roadshow 2014

  • SelectUSA seeks to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment.

Scams/Fraud warnings

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SMART Traveler App

  • SMART Traveler App

    The Department of State now has a "Smart Traveler" app for U.S. travelers going abroad. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (requires iOS 4.0 or later). Smart Traveler provides easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. [read more] [download app]