The true message of John Kerry’s Waitangi Day statement

by Toby Manhire / 06 February, 2013
Hidden symbolism in the first official release from the new US Secretary of State.
John Kerry has stamped his mark on the US Department of State by issuing his first statement: a message to the people of New Zealand to mark Waitangi Day.

The symbolism of starting out with such a release may have the Washington Post’s politics blog sniggering ...

... Look, a picture of Gandalf – I know, your sides! – but more perspicacious observers of international affairs will have noticed the true subtext of Secretary Kerry’s first official pronouncement: a signal of unflinching continuity with his predecessor.

For here's Hillary Clinton’s message from a year ago, and Kerry’s today. As they like to say in the White House: I know, right?

MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage


What went wrong on the Kaipara bar?
First look: Seabreeze
63707 2016-11-29 17:12:06Z Auckland Eats

First look: Seabreeze

by Courteney Peters

Nostalgia and newness at Brodie McDonald’s long-awaited Westmere café.

Read more
There’s not a bum note in latest royal drama The Crown – a glimpse of Philip’s backside notwithstanding
Win Misty Copeland's signed pointe shoes, a double pass to Dancer, and Ballerina's Tale DVD
Are protection orders taken seriously?
In pictures: New Zealand, United States, and the Nuclear controversy
Engineers and earthquakes: A normal person's guide
Marti Friedlander: A picture of empathy
63624 2016-11-29 10:35:15Z Arts

Marti Friedlander: A picture of empathy

by Deborah Smith

Eloquent and tenacious, Marti Friedlander took photographs that depicted her adopted home of New Zealand with empathy and breathtaking clarity.

Read more