9 Jun 2017

NZ PM and delegation to make Polynesian tour

9:11 am on 9 June 2017

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English is to travel to the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga next week.

He will be leading a delegation of New Zealand Pasifika community leaders, iwi and business representatives.

Bill English

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee and the Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro will accompany the Prime Minister, alongside leaders and representatives of parties from across the House.

Mr English said that while in the Cook Islands he would meet with Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers to discuss a range of regional and domestic matters.

He said New Zealand supported a number of development projects underway in the Cook Islands, and the meeting presented an opportunity to reiterate their support and discuss progress.

In Niue, Mr English is to meet with Premier Toke Talagi as well as members of the Chamber of Commerce and tourism operators.

In Tonga, there are scheduled meetings with Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva and his deputy Siaosi Sovaleni.

Mr English said he was looking forward to the opportunity to exchange views and discuss how they can continue to support shared goals.