Two Americans honoured in New Year’s Honours list

“I am delighted to offer my congratulations and gratitude to Julian Robertson and John Mullen, both of whom were recognised in the New Zealand New Year’s Honours list. Both are American citizens who are very good friends of New Zealand and who have demonstrated that friendship through their contributions to the relationship between our two countries”, said New Zealand Ambassador Roy Ferguson.

Julian Robertson was appointed an Honorary Knight Companion of the NZ Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy. In addition to developing the Cape Kidnappers and Kauri Cliffs golf lodges, which were aimed at attracting top-end international tourists, he has invested in the New Zealand wine industry. He sponsored ‘The Kiwi Challenge’ golf challenge in 2008 and 2009. These were broadcast internationally and showcased New Zealand. He established the Robertson Scholarship Programme in 2000 to enable talented students to attend Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Hood Fellowship Fund at the University of Auckland in 2004. Mr Robertson also supports the arts, and in 2009 he gifted part of his art collection to the Auckland Art Gallery. This gift has been recognised as the largest ever in Australasia.

John Mullen was appointed an Honorary Officer of the NZ Order of Merit for services to New Zealand – United States of America relations. He became President of the United States-New Zealand Council in 2004 and in 2006, Mr Mullen organised the first US-NZ Partnership Forum in Washington DC., a highly successful gathering of public and private sector leaders aimed at fostering trade relations, political cooperation, mutual understanding and networking. After bringing a distinguished US delegation to New Zealand in 2007, he organized the third Forum in Washington in October 2009, which added further positive momentum to the increasingly strong bilateral relationship. Under his leadership, the Council played a key role in the establishment of the Friends of New Zealand Congressional Caucus in the House of Representatives and has been an effective voice in support of the campaign for a free trade agreement between New Zealand and the United States.

This news item was originally posted on this site on Wednesday, 6/1/10.

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