28 Aug 2010

Delegation to Pacific next week to see development challenges

9:41 am on 28 August 2010

A delegation including MPs, business people and non-governmental organisations will visit three countries in the Pacific region next week, to look at their development challenges.

The 2010 Pacific Mission, led by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, will visit Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Samoa.

Mr McCully says in Solomon Islands, he will underline New Zealand's commitment to strengthening its development work and contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission.

The visit to Kiribati will focus on the challenges faced on the densely-populated atoll of Tarawa, as well the tourism opportunities for Kiritimati - or Christmas - Island.

Mr McCully says the delegation will then see first-hand how Samoa is recovering from last year's tsunami, which left more than 140 people dead.