New Zealand Embassy Washington, United States of America

Over NZ$90,000 raised for Christchurch in Vermont

Over NZ$90,000 was raised for Christchurch relief efforts at a benefit in Vermont in the United States, August 3.

Rt Hon Mike Moore, New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, attended as a guest of honour.  The visit to Vermont and New Hampshire was part of a swing through key states to promote New Zealand trade intents, especially the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal that’s currently under negotiation.

“We are unbelievably well served by Honorary Consuls who got me appointments with Governors, State Secretaries of State, and agricultural experts,” said Ambassador Moore.

The evening featured a special screening of the film “Boy” by New Zealand film director Taika Waititi.

“I didn’t expect the humour would travel so well,” said Ambassador Moore, “but it did”.

Also in attendance was Jerry of "Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream” fame, who was on hand serving ice-cream to attendees, the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont Bob Kiss, and Tom Peters, co-author of famed best-seller, “In Search of Excellence”.  Ambassador Moore was surprised to learn that Mr Peters has a property in the South Island.

“American generosity and continued support is indicative of the close ties the two countries have,” said Ambassador Moore.

The United States is the biggest source of overseas donations to the Earthquake Appeal fund.  Ambassador Moore said he was pleased to see that people had not forgotten about Christchurch, and that he was inspired about how many times he heard the words, “What can I do to help?” from people across North America.

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