19 June 2006
Prime Minister Helen Clark today expressed her sadness at the passing of Josiah Beeman, the former United States Ambassador to New Zealand.
Mr Beeman died last week in the United States. He served as Ambassador to New Zealand from May 1994 to December 1999.
“Mr Beeman is fondly remembered for his term as ambassador. He was a charming and highly effective envoy who enjoyed a long five-and-a-half year term.
“He was proud of having travelled to virtually every region of New Zealand during his term. He developed a love for New Zealand wines. His term was also notable for his daughter being born here.
“In terms of the New Zealand-United States relationship, it was during his term that the first Prime Ministerial visit to Washington in eleven years occurred.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends,” Helen Clark said