On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of New Zealand on this important occasion as you commemorate the anniversary of Te Teriti o Waitangi, or the Treaty of Waitangi, on February 6.
New Zealand has long been a close friend of the United States and our relationship has grown even stronger in recent years. The United States is committed to working together with New Zealand on matters of global security, protecting the environment, ensuring a sustainable economic future for the Asia-Pacific region, and promoting peace and democracy.
I wish the citizens of New Zealand a joyous celebration as you reflect and come together as a nation on this Waitangi Day. We look forward to deepening our friendship over the coming year.
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