New Zealand

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Kia ora! 

Welcome to the Democrats Abroad New Zealand page.  We are the official country committee for American Democrats living in New Zealand.  Here you will find information about our upcoming events across the country and how to contact the DANZ Executive Committee.

Feel free to get in touch with any of us if you have questions, suggestions, or just want to meet up for a cuppa.

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Don't forget to join DANZ on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DemsAbroadNZ!


Melanie Dutt, Chair
Democrats Abroad New Zealand


DA New Zealand Leadership:

| Chair, Democrats Abroad New Zealand
| Secretary-Treasurer, Democrats Abroad New Zealand
| At-Large Member, Democrats Abroad New Zealand
| At-Large Member, Democrats Abroad New Zealand; The Little Old Expat who lives in a Dome House.
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    I hope you all are doing well around New Zealand. It is both humbling and exciting to be given the opportunity to be your chair for the Democrats Abroad of New Zealand.

    I wanted to send out a quick note as we all brace ourselves for winter. My sincere thanks and appreciation on behalf of the wider team for conducting such a successful election in March. I wanted to convey a special mention to the outgoing committee on their great work of the last two years. These have been the most defining times for our Democratic Party.

    Our annual DPCA Global Meeting will soon be held in Washington D.C. Your leaders will be attending, either via WebEx or in person plus two days of Congressional Door Knocks. I’ll be sharing more about the meet with you in May.  

    My first request to you is to please get in touch with me. I am keen to learn from you what is working well and is of most concern for each of you. I would also like to meet our members and hope to kick off with a Meet and Greet in Auckland and Wellington for a good chat and warm cuppa this coming winter. Stay tuned for dates.

    The days ahead are not light, they are filled with much uncertainty for many of our fellow citizens. However, what we can do together is remain consistent with our commitment to what we believe to be true. I look forward to working with you all, hearing your ideas and making a positive difference for one another and fellow democrats.  


    Take care and be well,


    Melanie Dutt

    Democrats Abroad New Zealand

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    Congratulations to the 2017-2019 DANZ Executive Committee

    DANZ held its 2017 Annual General Meeting and biennial elections on Saturday 18 March.  In addition to hearing an engaging speaker talk about his experiences in Venezuela under the Chavez regime and the parallels between Chavez's and Trump's rise to power, we elected a full Executive Committee for the 2017-2019 term.  Congratulations to:

    Melanie Dutt (Auckland), Chair
    Ronald Nelson (Wellington), Vice-Chair
    Christine Valverde (Wellington), Secretary-Treasurer
    Amanda Claire Richards (Wellington), Counsel
    Dawn Dromgool (Katikati), At-Large Member
    Wendy R. London (Hawera/Wellington), At-Large Member

    Many thanks to everyone who attended and voted, either in person in Auckland and Wellington or by Webex from across New Zealand.  The DANZ Excom looks forward to hearing from you, so please do get in touch.

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