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New Zealand Waitangi Day

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 3, 2012


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of New Zealand as you commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, this February 6. This is a time to reflect on New Zealand’s rich history and promising future.

The United States and New Zealand share a vibrant partnership, shaped by the Wellington Declaration and our years of friendship and cooperation. We look forward to continuing to deepen our relationship in the coming year as we work together promoting peace and stability, protecting the fragile Pacific environment, expanding economic opportunity, and standing up for global human rights. The United States stands by New Zealand as you continue to face the challenges brought by earthquakes in the Canterbury region. Your resilience and strength have set an example for the world.

As you observe this special day in New Zealand and in places around the world, I wish all New Zealanders a happy Waitangi Day, and a year filled with peace and prosperity.

PRN: 2012/167


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