2012 – 2013 Events
During the past several months, the US | NZ Council has hosted more than a dozen events. Additionally, the Council sponsored or participated in three major conferences or TPP meetings, two of which were in New Zealand.
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Breakfast with Rt. Hon. James Carter, Speaker of the NZ Parliament
On Wednesday, October 30, the US | NZ Council hosted a breakfast with Speaker of the NZ Parliament Rt. Hon. David Carter. Speaker Carter spoke about the political and economic climate of New Zealand, as well as the varying views of the National, Labor, and Green Parties. He also discussed the importance of TPP and how different groups within the NZ Parliament are likely to judge a successful agreement. Finally, Speaker Carter shared with the Council his thoughts about New Zealand’s global leadership on agricultural trade, including food safety, security and efficiencies.
Bill Maroni welcomed more than 40 attendees, including NZ Ambassador Mike Moore, former USTR and Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter, Representative Robert Walker, former ITC Commissioner Thelma Askey, ECAT President Cal Cohen, State Dept. official Lynda Hinds, and representatives from Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Fonterra, Beef + Lamb NZ, the U.S. Chamber, National Foreign Trade Council, CSIS, and the Congressional Research Service.
Members of the US | NZ Council voiced their views on the importance of cross-border data flows, intellectual property protection, and a TPP agreement that addresses both old and new barriers to trade.
In closing, Speaker Carter expressed his gratitude to the Council for its fundraising efforts toward the rebuilding of Christchurch, which is his home. Several Council members in attendance had been in Christchurch during the 2011 earthquake.
Dinner with the Hon. Amy Adams, Minister for Communication & Information Technology
On her first visit to Washington, Hon. Amy Adams, New Zealand’s Minister for Communications & Information Technology, was the guest of the United States | New Zealand Council at a private dinner on September 5. Minister Adams, along with NZ Ambassador Mike Moore, participated in a wide-ranging discussion about information and communication technology issues, including trade policy, with representatives from six global companies.
United States | New Zealand Council’s Pacific Partnership Forum
The 2013 Pacific Partnership Forum was a three-day, unmitigated success in building upon the newly revitalized US-NZ relationship that, in today’s international climate, is of a great priority to both nations. The Forum was designed with a focus on the common, future-looking heritage of both the U.S. and New Zealand, each progressive leaders in their own right on the international stage. The event brought together the largest number of leaders from sectors across government, business, and academia to help define, develop and deliver the next bilateral agenda to be pursued for the mutual benefit of both countries.
NZ Trade Minister Groser
Hon. Tim Groser, NZ Minister for Trade and Climate Change Issues, delivered a speech on the subject of “Regional Trade Agreements: Implications for the WTO”.The event was hosted by the US | NZ Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC.
Introduction of First US-NZ Congressional Interns
Breakfast and Presentations
15th Round of TPP Negotiations in Auckland
Hon. David Huebner, U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand
Reception, Dinner and Discussion
CSI Global Services Summit
Coalition of Service Industries Co-Sponsored by the US | NZ Council
Hon. Clayton Cosgrove NZ Labour Party Spokesperson for Commerce and Trade Negotiations
Reception and Dinner Speech
Hon. Shane Jones and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Co-Chairs of NZ-US Parliamentary Friendship Group
Reception and Luncheon Speech
David Hackett Fischer, author of Fairness and Freedom
Reception, Discussion and Book-Signing at the Newseum
With remarks by:
- Hon. Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
- Hon. Rick Larsen, U.S. Representative (D-WA)
- Rt. Hon. Mike Moore, NZ Ambassador to the United States
10th Anniversary Conference of the NZUS Council
Auckland, New Zealand
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Barbara Weisel
Private Briefing on TPP Talks for the US | NZ Council