UN Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert speaks at annual Krinock Lecture

1 February 2016

Mark Gilbert, United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa was a guest speaker at the 2016 Krinock lecture held at the University of Waikato on 2 February.

Visiting American law students, Hamilton legal practitioners, University of Waikato students and staff, and members of the judiciary attended the event.

Mr Gilbert’s lecture was titled ‘Turning countries and businesses into people: the role of exchanges in the United States – New Zealand bilateral relationship’ and focused on the importance of collaboration to help grow trade and investment between the United States and across the Pacific.

Mr Gilbert spoke about how Americans and Kiwis have been exchanging ideas and working together to further develop research in high-tech areas.

“Historically, a majority of the trade between New Zealand and America was dairy and beef. An increasing amount is in high-tech, high-value areas such as medical equipment and Information Communication Technology. These are areas of where exchanges and collaboration are important” Mr Gilbert says.

The Krinock lecture was hosted by Cooley Law School in the USA as part of its Annual ‘Down under’ Study Abroad Program. The program was established by the faculty conference of Cooley Law School to honour former dean and designer of the Foreign Study program, Robert Krinock. His vision was to enable American students to gain first-hand knowledge on international law and Pacific Rim trade in New Zealand and elsewhere.