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Summary

Today’s episode is a little different. We, in our own small way, pay tribute to the Rt Hon Mike Moore who passed away earlier this month and will be laid to rest today. As the NZUS Council we had very close connections with Mike. He was a patron to the...

Show Notes

Today’s episode is a little different. We, in our own small way, pay tribute to the Rt Hon Mike Moore who passed away earlier this month and will be laid to rest today. As the NZUS Council we had very close connections with Mike. He was a patron to the Council. And of course as New Zealand Ambassador to the US the Council worked closely with Mike and his Embassy team over a number of years.  

He also lent his name to and was involved in the set up of the NZUS Council Mike Moore Congressional Internship Programme - where we send 4 young New Zealanders to intern in congress each year. He was a big supporter of the programme and its aim to help the next generation of New Zealand leaders build a deeper understanding of the United States through working in Congress and building personal relationships with Members and their staff.

So today I’m joined by three of our recent congressional programme alum from our 2018/19 intake:  

  • Annie McDonald, a consultant with Allen + Clark here in Wellington, Annie interned with senior democratic Congressman Denny Heck. 
  • Max Beckert, a tax consultant with EY, and interned for conservative Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler. 
  • And finally, Kaitlyn White, who is a solicitor in Christchurch for law firm Buddle Findlay, and interned for Congressman Adam Schiff - certainly one of the men of the moment - as the Democrat’s House manager in the impeachment proceedings. 

Together we look at their experiences working as interns in Congress, and the range of current political issues: President Trump’s State of the Union address, the conclusion of the impeachment proceedings, and the Democratic Party race coming out of Iowa and New Hampshire. I enjoyed hearing their insight and a more youthful perspective on some of the current events we’ve been looking at ever week for the last few months.

May we also pass on our sincerest condolences to Mike Moore’s wife Yvonne and Whanau/family on what will be a day of sadness but also celebration and recognition of a great New Zealander.  

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Links to clips used during the podcast:  

  • Mike Moore to talking to Guyon Espiner as part of the RNZ “9th Floor” content series: https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/02-02-2020/mike-moore-1949-2020/]
  • State of the Union speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MauZdBmffo8

Credits – opening and closing music:

  • Happy Boy Theme Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
  • Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
  • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

About the NZUS Council

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