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A day in the life of Hillary Clinton

Published: 8:13PM Thursday November 04, 2010 Source: ONE News/NZPA

A powhiri, a Wellington walkabout and a John Key gaffe have marked US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's first day of her first visit to New Zealand.

Clinton is in New Zealand as part of her 10-day tour of the Asia Pacific region, which saw her flying overnight to Wellington from Papua New Guinea.

6:20am: Clinton touches down just after dawn amid tight security, and arrives to a typical windy Wellington day.

She is met by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, New Zealand ambassador to Washington Mike Moore, and American ambassador David Huebner, before being whisked off in a black BMW, part of a 14-car motorcade.

Wade-Brown arrives at the airport on her bicycle.

10:00am: Clinton braves the cold and blustery weather for an unscheduled walk along the waterfront, flanked by about 10 men in suits. She later described Wellington as "the coolest little capital in the world". It's unclear if she was referring to the temperature...

2:10pm: Next official stop is a powhiri on the parliament forecourt, where she is officially welcomed to New Zealand.

2:30pm: Clinton, McCully and Prime Minister John Key head inside parliament for top-level talks.

4:20pm: Clinton holds a press conference at the Beehive theatrette where signs the Wellington Declaration (4.23pm), which establishes a framework for a new strategic partnership between New Zealand an

She then speaks about the historic document which she says will give New Zealand and the US a chance to explore greater cooperation on everything, from promoting sustainable economic development and democracy across the region to working on security issues, clean energy and responding to natural disasters.

Key says New Zealand and the US's relationship was "built on shared values and principals", before mistakenly referring to Clinton as "President Clinton", which she laughed off.

5:00pm: Clinton meets with Labour Leader Phil Goff.

Goff said while joint military exercises would be welcome, he believed New Zealand should remain a friend, rather than ally, of the US. He said this would ensure decisions about when and where New Zealand should enter conflicts remained up to our government.

5:30pm: Clinton meets dignitaries at the Beehive Banquet Hall , including Chief of Defence Force Jerry Mateparae, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, and MPs. After speaking to the room, she mingled amongst the guest, happy to pose for photos with even the most average person in the room. Bill Ralston was among those her shook her hand...

7.00pm Clinton heads to Key's official residence Premier House in Wellington, where she is guest of honour at an intimate barbecue.

Tomorrow she will take part in a wreathlaying at the National War Memorial in Wellington before flying to Christchurch.

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