Another New Zealand Video & News *updated*
Sorry that this stuff is sort of trickling in. This is a reception at the New Zealand Parliament (if it has trouble loading just move the slider a little bit, then it should start):
I just got this daily schedule (it’s 2pm). Everything has already taken place
10:30 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand.
11:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, in Wellington, New Zealand.
1:20 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends an event with the U.S. Antarctic Program and Antarctica New Zealand, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
2:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a town hall meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand.
3:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a reception hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
And here is an article about Secretary Clinton’s trip to Australia:
HAD Melburnians of 2007 been told Hillary Clinton would visit in 2010, they would have expected the blue-and-white livery of Air Force One to touch down at Tullamarine.
Back then, she was favourite to win the US presidency. Instead, Mrs Clinton jets into Melbourne today in more subdued style as Secretary of State.
Her political story is of remarkable change – from first lady to senator, candidate to chief diplomat. The keys to the White House may be in Barack Obama’s pocket, but Mrs Clinton has become the face of America abroad.
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”Allies,” she said, when embarking a week ago on a tour of the Asia-Pacific region that takes in Australia and ends in American Samoa, ”remain the foundation for our strategic engagement.”
Australia’s alliance with the US will soon pass 60 years, only four years younger than Mrs Clinton.
Her mission in Melbourne is an annual meeting of foreign and defence ministers that gives Australia access to the top levels of the US administration. Deferred in January after the Haiti earthquake, the talks known as AUSMIN are an important fillip to US-Australia relations.
She may not be president, but Mrs Clinton brings political star power. She has found redemption in her new job after the disappointment of losing her bid for the Oval Office. Tirelessly travelling, hard-working and loyal to the Obama agenda, close observers say she has enhanced her standing.
Mrs Clinton flies into Tullamarine Airport this afternoon. It is believed she will dine with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd this evening, no doubt discussing all or some of China, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, free trade and Burma. It is also believed that green energy will be on the agenda at some stage during the visit.
Tomorrow looms as Mrs Clinton’s busiest day, although strict secrecy surrounding elements of the visit means some events cannot be publicised beforehand.
At a location near the city centre, she will join in what the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is pitching as a ”town hall meeting” with an audience of under 35s, moderated by ABC TV’s Leigh Sales. Mrs Clinton will field questions from the floor, via Facebook and Twitter and by videolink. The session will be broadcast simultaneously tomorrow evening on ABC and its 24-hour news channel…