In the months I lived in Berlin in 2013 attending the Goethe-Institut, I always hoped I would see Germany’s Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel. But no matter how much I loitered by the Bundestag building or checked for activity at the CDU head quarters near my apartment, I had to return to my home city at the bottom of the world for the privilege.
Last night I was one of a fortunate 300 people to see and hear this extraordinary leader at a special German Trade event themed ‘Growing the Relationship ‘ in Auckland, New Zealand.
Dr Merkel was in New Zealand for a brief 24 hours before joining the G20 meeting in Australia. She was taken to a local island wild life sanctuary by boat to assist in the liberation of a Kiwi bird, spent time with the PM who took her to the top of the city’s casino tower and she made two speaking appearances. One at the University and the other at the trade function I attended. Her stamina was impressive as was her dignity, as many of my compatriots after her speech encircled her for selfies.