David Huebner, former
Ambassador to
New Zealand and Samoa
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Remarks by Ambassador Huebner
Photos from David Huebner's tenure as
U.S. Ambassador

“You’re here because you’ve got exactly what the famous Kiwi explorer Edmund Hillary meant when he said that people don’t decide to become extraordinary; they decide to accomplish extraordinary things. David has accomplished many extraordinary things.”

- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

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“In New Zealand, you created a Mission committed to risk-taking, to acting as a testing ground for new ideas – a reality perhaps best exemplified by the innovative new Digital Studio that was your brainchild.  Embassy Wellington can now generate original digital content and remotely engage distant audiences in ways never before possible.”

- A/S Russel’s Remarks at the Flag Ceremony.

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“When President Obama first came to office, he said that the USA wanted to reach out to Muslims around the world.  Nothing exemplified that policy better than Ambassador Huebner’s engagement with the New Zealand Muslim community during his tenure.”

–  Aliya Danzeisen, Islamic Womens Association of NZ.

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“Although most Ambassadors depart after three years, Huebner and McWaine have been with us for almost four years now, and have redefined the relationship between our two countries. As President Obama’s first openly gay Ambassadorial appointee, David Huebner has been a great inspiration to New Zealand’s Rainbow Community and a good friend.”

– Gay Auckland Business Association GABA.

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“Through his frequent blogs, his direct engagement with New Zealand’s diverse community groups and his enthusiastic support of tertiary education, Ambassador Huebner has done much to benefit this country and we are richer for it.”

– Derek McCormack, Vice Chancellor Auckland University of Technology.

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