8 Sep 2011

Pacific Island leaders annual retreat today

11:02 am on 8 September 2011

Pacific Island leaders are meeting today at their annual leaders retreat.

The retreat is being held on Waiheke Island, near Auckland, as part of the 42nd leaders summit being hosted by New Zealand.

Megan Whelan reports.

"The Forum Chair, New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, says the retreat is an opportunity to talk about where leaders want to take the next step for the region. He believes the leaders will focus on economic issues, including renewable energy, fisheries, and tourism. Mr Key says after talks with the private sector, leaders will want to build on the theme of the conference, Converting potential into prosperity. He says he doesn't believe the leadership of the Forum Secretariat will be a big issue, despite Melanesian countries calling for secretary general, Tuiloma Neroni Slade to be replaced."