The Horowhenua New Zealand Trust hosted United States of America Ambassador Scott Brown and his wife Gail to the Horowhenua last Thursday, with the aim of broadening Horowhenua's understanding of the current U.S. environment.
The visit saw the Ambassador visit The Horowhenua Business Park and meet anchor tenant, Thermosash, before meeting directly with the business community.
Chair of the Horowhenua New Zealand Trust, Antony Young, says that the visit was particularly well timed to explore the potential of the U.S. - NZ relationship moving forward.
“Horowhenua is growing, and we have national and international companies choosing to do business here. The link with the U.S. is an important one for our business community, and we are thrilled to have been able to hear from the Ambassador on the opportunities New Zealand and the United States have together.”
Following the visit to the rapidly-expanding Park, the Ambassador spoke at a packed luncheon for 80 business and community leaders.
As one of the Ambassadors last official engagements before his tenure ends in December 2020, he highlighted his personal leadership journey, as well as his support of the KIWI Act, which allows eligible New Zealand nationals to enter the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act as nonimmigrant traders and investors.
“Trade is so important for New Zealand, and there is the potential for Horowhenua to capitalise on the exciting opportunities that U.S. markets present, however, an understanding of the current environment is needed. “ says Antony.
“Ambassador Brown has an extensive leadership history; from Colonel to Senator to Ambassador. Known as the most bipartisan senator at the time, the Ambassador shared valuable insights into what it takes to be a great leader.
“It was a privilege to host the Ambassador and his wife, and to introduce them to some of the incredible things happening in Horowhenua.”