Thank You New Zealand
“Once again I am pleased to thank New Zealand. No country, outside of my native United States, has treated me better than New Zealand. New Zealand has added me to a list of many other people receiving a New Year’s Honour,” senior White House reporter Connie Lawn writes. “It symbolizes the intense love I have had for New Zealand. Now it is my turn to try to help them. That beautiful island nation, with breathtaking scenery and warm, generous people, continues to suffer from the ongoing string of earthquakes which destroyed a large portion of Christchurch and its suburbs.” Lawn then encourages tourists to visit. “It is beautiful summer there now; in our sweltering summer, the snow skiing is terrific in New Zealand.” “Thank you Kiwis. May you have a safe, peaceful future.” In 2006 Lawn was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Zealand National Press Association.