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Waitangi Day Message from the Secretary of State

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

The NZUS Council warmly welcomes today’s Waitangi Day message received from Secretary of State Blinken. This emphasises the close partnership between Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States, and our shared commitment to democracy, human rights, equality and the rule of law.

“On behalf of the United States of America, I send my best wishes to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand as you commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6.

The United States recognizes the significance of this day and the ongoing dialogue it inspires. We reaffirm our shared commitment to diversity and building a more equitable future for all.

Waitangi Day serves as a vital reminder of the deep bonds that connect the United States and New Zealand. For over 80 years, our relationship has flourished, grounded in shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. We stand together as partners in the face of global challenges, collaborating on issues ranging from climate change and security to economic prosperity and scientific advancement. Our people-to-people ties are equally strong, fueled by shared interests in sports, art, culture, and education.

As we look to the future, I am confident that the ties between our two nations will continue to strengthen. We remain committed to working alongside you, not only as partners but also as friends, as we strive for a safer, more prosperous, and equitable world for all. He waka eke noa – we’re all in this together.”

– Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State affairs/bureau-of-east-asian-and- pacific-affairs/ and-public-affairs/bureau-of- global-public-affairs/office-of-the-spokesperson/

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