US Secretary of State John Kerry has passed on President Barack Obama's congratulations to New Zealand on Waitangi Day commemorations.
Mr Kerry, who began as Secretary of State this week, said Waitangi Day was an opportunity for the country to reflect on its unique culture and diverse heritage.
He said New Zealand and the US shared a "strong enduring friendship, which has continued to deepen since diplomatic relations were first established in 1942".
"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send congratulations and best wishes to the people of New Zealand as you commemorate the February 6 anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi, or Te Tiriti o Waitangi," Mr Kerry said.
"This is an opportunity to celebrate the promise of the future as new generations carry on your rich traditions.
"Our countries share a commitment to work together to bring peace, stability, and sustainability to the Pacific region and beyond.
"As New Zealanders around the world come together to celebrate, I wish you a happy Waitangi Day, and a prosperous and successful year."
- APNZBy Kate Shuttleworth @K8Shuttleworth Email Kate