U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on May 20, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/05/209675.htm

Preserving One of the Last and Greatest Ocean Wilderness Areas

A jigsaw puzzle of floating ice extends as far as you can see in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, 2006. [John B. Weller photo, courtesy of The Pew Charitable Trusts]

About the Author: Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

On March 18, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to a packed room of diplomats from around the globe, non-governmental conservation advocates, and others about the urgency of protecting our vast oceans. New Zealand Ambassador to the United States Mike Moore and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, two good friends of the United States and of oceans, joined the Secretary on the podium at this important event.

The Secretary spoke passionately about our connection and responsibility to the oceans as a people and a nation, and how ocean acidification, pollution, and fishing pressure are challenging our ability to sustain the sea and the benefits it provides to us all. You can read and watch his full remarks here.

These threats to the oceans are why the United States… more »

Empowering Future Leaders in the Pacific

Future Leaders of the Pacific Conference participants pose for a photograph at the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samao in Pago Pago, Eastern, American Samoa, February 7, 2013. [U.S. Department of State photo/Public Domain]

About the Author: David Huebner serves as the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa.

Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to students at the University of Virginia, where he said that for the first time in human history, young people around the world act as a global cohort. He challenged his audience to help them, and us, to use this remarkable network in a positive way. I could not agree more with the urgency of his challenge, which is why Embassies Wellington and Apia have focused so much of our resources over the past few years on taking steps to engage, listen to, and empower the young people of the Pacific.

Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting the inaugural Future Leaders of the Pacific conference (#FPL13) in Pago Pago, American Samoa. We at the American Mission to New Zealand and Samoa planned the event, in partnership with the East-West Center…more »

U.S.-New Zealand Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 19, 2012


Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and the Honorable Steven Joyce, the New Zealand Minister of Science and Technology, will lead the third U.S.-New Zealand Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation in Washington, D.C. on September 20, 2012.

The meeting, held under the auspices of the U.S.- New Zealand Science and Technology Agreement, will assess progress on scientific cooperation and identify new areas for scientific collaboration of direct benefit to both countries. Representatives from U.S. Government agencies and research institutions will meet with their New Zealand counterparts to discuss health and health innovation, marine and ocean research, climate change monitoring, research, and services in the Pacific, and natural hazards and resilient cities.

The U.S. and New Zealand are enjoying a period of increased cooperation due in large part to the recent signing of both the Wellington Declaration and the Washington Declaration. The Joint Commission Meeting discussions look to build upon our shared commitment to focus, strengthen, and expand the bilateral science and technology relationship.

Remarks With New Zealand Prime Minister Key

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State

New Zealand High Commissioner’s Residence, Cook Island
August 31, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Prime Minister, thank you very much for the warm welcome that you have provided. As the first Secretary of State to make this journey, I am especially delighted and honored. I was pleased to meet with leaders of the Pacific Island Forum, member states, to attend the Pacific Island Forum, post-forum dialogue where I had a chance to reaffirm the Obama Administration’s commitment to our engagement in the Asia Pacific with an equal emphasis on the Pacific part of that phrase. The United States is very proud to be a Pacific nation, a long history in this region, and we are committed to be here for the long run. MORE 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand shake hands at the Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, August 31, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand shake hands at the Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, August 31, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to East Asia, the Pacific, and Russia

Secretary Clinton boards plane in Beirut, Lebanon, April 26, 2009. [State Department Photo]

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to the Cook Islands, Indonesia, China, Timor-Leste, Brunei, and Russia, August 30-September 9.

In the Cook Islands on August 31, Secretary Clinton will attend the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue as part of our intensive engagement and ongoing collaboration with the Pacific Islands. Her visit will emphasize the depth and breadth of American engagement across economic, people to people, strategic, environmental, and security interests. The visit also represents a concerted effort to strengthen regional multilateral institutions, develop bilateral partnerships, and build on… more »

Fifty Years of Independence in Samoa

A marching band practices on Parliament Grounds in Samoa on May 31, 2012.  On June 1, 2012, Samoa will celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from New Zealand rule.  The Pacific Island nation has a week of festivities planned from May 31-June 5.  Highlights include a UB40 concert at Apia Park, Step Afrika performances throughout the country, and the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet Marching Band. [U.S. Embassy photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: David Huebner serves as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa.

Tomorrow will be a great day. I am in Apia, and will be participating in celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the former Western Samoa’s independence from foreign rule. I feel a particular connection to the event because New Zealand was Samoa’s former administrator, and I am officially accredited to both nations.

Also, as an American, I have an affinity for independence days. Americans, like Samoans, instinctively understand the importance of empowering citizens to direct their own destiny, to speak freely, to assemble as they wish, and to pray to their Creator as they see fit, without government interference. Independence is not about nationalist rhetoric, it is about personal liberty.

The first of the island territories to regain independence after World War II, Western Samoa — officially renamed in 1997 as the Independent State of Samoa — has been… more »

Remembering the Fallen on Memorial Day

The people of Kapiti Coast on the North Island of New Zealand unveil a memorial to the U.S. service members who died aboard the USS American Legion on June 20, 1943, as part of the 70th Anniversary Memorial Day Celebration to remember the U.S. Armed Forces in NZ 1942-1944, on May 29, 2012. [U.S. Embassy photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Adrian Pratt serves as a Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand.

Today Frank Zalot Jr. came back for the first time to the place he saw 10 of his shipmates drown on a dreadful day in 1943.

This Memorial Day the people of Kapiti Coast on the North Island of New Zealand unveiled a memorial to the 10 U.S. sailors who died during a training exercise while trying to come ashore on June 20, 1943. About 350 people, including Charge d’Affaires Marie Damour and a U.S. Marine Color guard, were there for the dedication of the memorial, sculptured into the shape of a landing craft, close to the waters where the tragedy occurred.

The story of the drowning only recently came to light. At last year’s Memorial Service, Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowland read out the names of the dead for the first time. A world away, in Massachusetts, that reading had a profound effect on Zalot.

"For 68 years I had this nightmare," the still spritely… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Foreign Minister of New Zealand Murray McCully M.P. at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]