2 May 2012

NZ to work with US in fighting people trafficking in Pacific

5:39 pm on 2 May 2012

New Zealand's Minister of Immigration says working more closely with the United States will strengthen efforts to combat people trafficking in the Pacific.

The Minister, Nathan Guy, has signed an agreement with the United States Secretary of State of Homeland Security, to work together to combat trafficking.

Mr Guy says the New Zealand government takes people trafficking very seriously.

"This is a challenge that we all face together. New Zealand is therefore very pleased to enter into practical arrangements to combat people trafficking and assist our Pacific counterparts. New Zealand has an ongoing programme with Pacific governments to build their capacity in a number of areas including immigration security."

New Zealand's Minister of Immigration, Nathan Guy.