Tag: Connie Lawn

American Friends of NZ Assist US Presidential Candidates

Article – Connie Lawn Former Assistant Secretary of State for Asia/Pacific, Dr. Kurt Campbell, who was appointed an honourary Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for services to New Zealand-United States relations, quietly remains involved in U.S. policy matters, … Senior American Friends of NZ Assist US Presidential Candidates From Connie Lawn in Washington D.C. Photo: Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton, pictured with Jacob “Jake”Sullivan. Dr. Kurt Campbell is shown on the far right of the picture. Photo credit: AP Former Assistant Secretary of State for Asia/Pacific, Dr. Kurt Campbell, who was appointed an honourary Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for services to New Zealand-United States relations, quietly remains involved in U.S. policy matters, most recently in support of Mrs. Clinton. Highly respected across all political fronts in N.Z., Dr. Campbell last Wednesday night co-hosted a dialogue with Jacob “Jake” Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor to Mrs Clinton. Mr. Sullivan, a Rhodes Scholar, has served with great distinction at the Department of State, including discreetly on Iran issues with the Obama White House. Politico magazine recent shared that Sullivan “has emerged as Clinton’s most trusted foreign policy adviser.” Also in attendance was N.Z.-born Dr. Peter S. Watson, who was appointed Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission by President Bill Clinton, earlier serving in the White House as Director of...

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American Friends of NZ Assist US Presidential Candidates

Article – Connie Lawn Former Assistant Secretary of State for Asia/Pacific, Dr. Kurt Campbell, who was appointed an honourary Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for services to New Zealand-United States relations, quietly remains involved in U.S. policy matters, …Senior American Friends of NZ Assist US Presidential Candidates. Former Assistant Secretary of State for Asia/Pacific, Dr. Kurt Campbell, who was appointed an honourary Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013 for services to New Zealand-United States relations, quietly remains involved in U.S. policy matters, most recently in support of Mrs. Clinton. Highly respected across all political fronts in N.Z., Dr. Campbell last night co-hosted a dialogue with Jacob “Jake” Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor to Mrs Clinton. Mr. Sullivan, a Rhodes Scholar, has served with great distinction at the Department of State, including discreetly on Iran issues with the Obama White House. Politico magazine recent shared that Sullivan “has emerged as Clinton’s most trusted foreign policy adviser.” Also in attendance was N.Z.-born Dr. Peter S. Watson, who was appointed Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission by President Bill Clinton, earlier serving in the White House as Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. Chairman Watson is shortly to give a lead symposiom presentation on “The President-Elect’s Briefing Book on U.S. National Security Policy: Tuesday, November 8, 2016.” Secretary Campbell and...

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US/NZ Council’s burst of activity

Article – Connie Lawn The United States – New Zealand Council has seen a burst of activity under its new President, William Maroni.The United States – New Zealand Council has seen a burst of activity under its new President, William Maroni. On October 23, the Council hosted a dinner for David Huebner, the US Ambassador to New Zealand. He has also done a great deal to re-charge the NZ – US relationship, and elevate it to a higher level of cooperation. In many ways, it is closer than in has been in 70 years. I t includes military exercises, visits by three US Cabinet secretaries, and parades by the US Marine Band! There are thousands of other Americans who would welcome the chance to visit NZ. But they can also get involved in many US -NZ activities. We asked US -NZ President Maroni to send us a text of his statements delivered at the recent dinner: “The United States | New Zealand Council has become more active, visible and influential in 2012. The non-profit organization has hosted six events in the past eight months for its members, friends and supporters, including: – A luncheon address by former New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon James Bolger. (March) – A private briefing and discussion with Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Barbara Weisel, the chief U.S. negotiator in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)...

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Connie Lawn: US-NZ trade talk Council with Clayton Cosgrove

Article – Connie Lawn A fascinating talk about the trade situation was held at the offices of the US – New Zealand Council in Washington, D.C. The invited guest was MP Clayton Cosgrove, a spokesman for the Labour Party Shadow Cabinet. He spends about a week in the US, … Trade talk at US-NZ Council Connie Lawn A fascinating talk about the trade situation was held at the offices of the US – New Zealand Council in Washington, D.C. The invited guest was MP Clayton Cosgrove, a spokesman for the Labour Party Shadow Cabinet. He spends about a week in the US, meeting with people who can influence passage of the TPP, or Trans Pacific Partnership. He said “NZ is key to making the TPP happen.” He was sponsored by William Maroni, President of the US -NZ Council. Two past Presidents were also at the dinner. Clayton Cosgrove also talked about “the fantastic New Zealand visit of US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,” which illustrates the ever closer military and security ties between the two nations. Finally, he talked about the continuing hardships for the people of Christchurch, as they rebuild their beloved city. He said “Christchurch is moving, but there may be a rough few years ahead for many.” ******** Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Luncheon event at the US-New Zealand Council, Washington DC

Article – Connie Lawn Some of the closest friends and supporters of New Zealand came together for an elegant luncheon in the Council headquarters at Dacor Bacon House, a beautiful building one block from the White House. We heard an update from two visiting Members of Parliament. …Luncheon event at the US-New Zealand Council, Washington DC MP’ Shane Jones and Peseta Sam Lotu Iiga at US – NZ Council in Washington DC. Photo by Charles Sneiderman Some of the closest friends and supporters of New Zealand came together for an elegant luncheon in the Council headquarters at Dacor Bacon House, a beautiful building one block from the White House. We heard an update from two visiting Members of Parliament. They are Shane Jones and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. Both men have impressive backgrounds and have lived in various parts of the world, including the United States. They were in a good position to explain the status of the Trans Pacific Partnership and the upcoming Pacific Island Forum. The MP’s expressed optimism the TPP will be passed, despite the present American political season. But they indicated NZ must try to broaden its trade where it can. They also noted they learned “how tight the American Presidential race is.” The MP’s paid a visit to a museum where they saw a small plaque dedicated to US- New Zealand military cooperation in the...

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