June has been a very busy month here at Embassies Wellington and Apia, which is why I am a bit behind in my blogging. (Apologies for that.) I have been to Apia, Auckland, Bluff, Christchurch, Dacre, Edendale, Hamilton, Invercargill, Porirua, and Poutasi, among other places. And if I am reading my schedule correctly, there seems to be one more flight before the calendar flips to July.
Fortunately, just about all of June’s activities have been interesting and fun. One of the highlights was the annual Fulbright Awards ceremony that I attended last week at the Beehive. My friend the Hon. Dr. Wayne Mapp, Minister of Research Science and Technology, graciously hosted the event. He and I both addressed the packed hall.