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  Kia-Ora, Talofa, Hello. Welcome to the official Instagram page of the U.S. Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand.

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The most recent flight of our SOFIA flying observatory brought the team so far south that they spotted the southern lights, also known as Aurora Australis. The Milky Way and Mars are also visible in this image taken at 43,000 feet.
The SOFIA telescope (@SOFIAtelescope) uses an outfitted Boeing 747SP jetliner that’s been modified to carry a 106-inch diameter telescope, and uses infrared light to study celestial objects best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere. The latest flight was aimed at studying the center of the Milky Way and the Tarantula Nebula.
Creating images of the celestial magnetic fields found in the center of our Milky Way galaxy will help scientists better understand the shape and strength of these fields and gain new insights into how they impact the processes in the our galactic center.
Mapping the Tarantula Nebula, which has a cluster of thousands of stars forming at once, will help researchers determine the speed and direction of the molecules in the nebula to determine if the material is expanding, forming new stars or if the star formation process has been stunted.

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“Wonderful news! Huge congrats to 🇳🇿 Prime Minister @jacindaardern and Clarke Gayford on the birth of their baby girl! A warm welcome to the world! Wishing the family health, happiness, and all joy in the world. Tēnā koe i tō tamāhine. Ngā mihi mahana” 🎉🎉
- U.S. Ambassador Scott Brown. 🎉
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Welcome to our village wee one.
Feeling very lucky to have a healthy baby girl that arrived at 4.45pm weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb) Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness. We're all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital.

The 🇺🇸 Embassy is happy to be supporting photographer 📷 @sarbjohalphoto and his exhibition “American Granite” featuring photographs of #Yosemite during the coldest winter months ⛰ ❄️ ! Come check out the exhibition & hear him speak at Wellington Central Library July 6! 📚 Check the link in the bio above for details. #photographer #mountainphotography #landscape #photography

Happy #nationalcookieday🍪 Our Public Affairs Team in Wellington are well stocked for the occasion... 🇺🇸🇳🇿

This morning 🇳🇿 MP Jamie Strange showed 🇺🇸 Ambassador around the school he taught at, Berkley Normal Middle School in #Hamilton. The Ambassador had a blast jamming with the kids - #musiceducation #learningrocks #lovethetron - you all rock!! 🎸🥁 #hamiltonnz #nzrocks

🇺🇸 is proud to attend the NZ Jazz Awards and support the @welljazzfest. Great to see Christian McBride and the New Jawn perform live this week! 🎶🎷🎺

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One of the best moments in Embassy life is witnessing the promotion of one of our U.S. #Marines . These young men and women have put their lives on the line across the globe and they embody ideals of service and duty. #SemperFi 🌎⚓️🇺🇸

Happy 🇺🇸 #NationalBurgerDay from our diplomats and staff in 🇳🇿! Here are some of their favorite Kiwi 🍔🍟 joints:

Chargé d’Affaires Susan Niblock attended a Kapiti 🇺🇸 Marines Trust #MemorialDay service yesterday marking 76 years since U.S. servicemen & women were stationed here on the coast at Camps Russell and Mackay. Honored to be joined by 97 year-old vet. & #PearlHarbor survivor Jack Rogo

The NZ US Association & US Embassy marked Memorial Day with a service of remembrance at Old St Paul's Church. MPs, representatives from the NZ Defence Force, veterans, US Chargé d’Affaires Susan Niblock, US Defense Attaché McAden, distinguished guests & members of the public attended the service & laid wreaths & pinned poppies in honor of those fell in the line of duty for their country. 🇺🇸🇳🇿 We were honoured to have 97yr old 🇺🇸 veteran & #PearlHarborSurvivor Jack Rogo join the #MemorialDay service today at Old St. Paul’s.

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