Northern News : March 16th 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 0800 FAST BUILD z 0800 327 828 www.advancebuild.co.nz Smart new homes to suit your lifestyle! American connection: United States ambassador David Huebner, right, at Clendon House with Lindsay Charman, Bob Tito, Natali Allen, Dr Duane McWaine and Mita Harris. Photo: RICHARD EDMONDSON Ambassador in the house By RICHARD EDMONDSON ANY chance you could enter- tain the ambassador next week? It's not a request most people expect to hear when they answer their telephone. But it's one you sometimes get when you manage an his- toric building that was the home of New Zealand's first American consul James Reddy Clendon. United States ambassador to New Zealand David Huebner was the third ambassador to visit Clendon House in Rawene when he dropped in for afternoon tea on March 9. Mr Huebner, partner Dr Duane McWaine and two embassy staff spent about 90 minutes at the Historic Places Trust property during a low-key tour of Northland. They were greeted by a welcoming party that included Clendon House manager Lindsay Charman, kaumatua Bob Tito and Wai- mate Mission House manager Mita Harris. Mr Huebner listened attentively while Mr Charman told Clendon's story. It was a tour of the house that revealed qualities which earned Mr Huebner degrees from Princeton University and Yale Law School. He had studied archives, which included bills of sale for Clendon House, before his visit to the north. I found evidence of partial payment but no evidence that the debt was settled.'' He had also done his home- work on James Clendon who witnessed the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1835 and the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Pictures hung in the house prompted a wry comparison between British colonials and Americans who traded with New Zealand but didn't try to claim it as part of their realm. The Queen is everywhere. She must have maintained some favour.'' Mr Huebner also visited Bay of Islands College where he faced the fiercest wero -- or challenge -- he had encountered since arriving in New Zealand last December. Two of the three warriors were so close they actually reparted my hair with their spears.'' He confessed to being stuck for words when students asked him why Governor- General Sir Anand Satyanand had more security guards when he visited the school last month. I didn't think there was a diplomatic answer to that question.'' Mr Charman hopes Mr Huebner will return to Clendon House next year for its 150th anniversary which is a chance to educate people about James Clendon's place in history. The invisible man is a founding father of early New Zealand.''
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