New US Ambassador for New Zealand
Scott Philip Brown (57) an attorney, politician and diplomat from Massachusetts has been confirmed as the new US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.
Mr Brown served as a US Senator from 2010 – 2013 and was succeeded by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. Prior to his term in the Senate, he was a member of the Massachusetts General Court and also served in the State Senate from 2004 -2010.
Aged 19, he joined the Army National Guard, serving for 35 years until retiring in 2014 with the rank of Colonel.
Mr Brown and his wife Gail arrived in New Zealand in early July 2017. They have two daughters, Ayla, an American Idol semi Finalist in 2010 and graduate from Boston College, and Arianna a competitive equestrian and pre-medical student at Syracuse University.
Haere Ra - Norman Hatch
Norman T. Hatch, a Marine Corps cinematographer whose dramatic footage of the Battle of Tarawa won an Academy Award, died on April 22, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia. He was 96.
Mr Hatch had a long and prestigious career as a cinematographer in the Marines and received a 1944 Navy Commendation for his work in Tarawa.
Memorial Weekend 2017
Memorial Weekend 2017 (May 28-29) commemorated the 75thAnniversary of the arrival of U.S.Armed forces in New Zealand in 1942. The Trust also opened its newly-restored U.S.Marines Hut in Queen Elizabeth Park (formerly Camp Russell).
WWII Marines Hut becomes a new story-telling hub
A WWII U.S. Marines Hut lovingly restored by the MenzShed Kapiti, has now been taken to Queen Elizabeth Park (formerly Camp Russell) – to begin its new life.
The hut was loaded onto a transporter and moved down the expressway to its new resting spot alongside the U.S. Marines Memorial in the park.
Message from Ambassador Bill and Gail McCormick
We are very proud and honored to be Patrons the Kapiti US Marines Trust. Their work with friends and partners to preserve and promote the history of the United States Marines and Navy in Kapiti district is unique and valuable, and shows how a community can preserve its heritage. It also shows how the spirit of friendship forged between US Armed Forces and the people of New Zealand in the 1940’s endures to this day and is worth maintaining.