31 Mar 2005

NZ foreign minister arrives in French Polynesia to promote trade link

9:28 am on 31 March 2005

The New Zealand foreign minister, Phil Goff, has arrived in French Polynesia on a visit aimed at promoting greater trade ties.

Business leaders in the French territory are being invited to meet the business people who've travelled with Mr Goff from New Zealand.

The representative of New Zealand trade and enterprise in Papeete, Cathy Allgaier, told the news agency, Tahitipresse, that key topics will be the building industry and the mutual trade in goods.

Ms Allgaier says the main New Zealand imports to French Polynesia are agricultural produce, but also include wood, aluminium and iron.

French Polynesia exports black pearls, artwork and copra to New Zealand.

The delegation is expected to leave French Polynesia tomorrow afternoon.