On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send my best wishes to the people of New Zealand as you commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, or Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This occasion is an opportunity to look back at New Zealand's rich history and cultural heritage while celebrating the promise of your future and the strength of our friendship.
The United States and New Zealand share a vibrant partnership. From my first hongi, and during my entire visit to Wellington and Christchurch last November, I experienced for myself Kiwi hospitality and friendship. We will continue to broaden the special relationship between our two countries by partnering on a variety of issues, from curbing climate change and promoting women's rights to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and material.
I wish all citizens of New Zealand a happy Waitangi Day, and continued peace and prosperity in the coming year.