31 Oct 2018

NZ Foreign Minister defends assistance to PNG for APEC

From , 6:05 am on 31 October 2018

New Zealand's Foreign Minister says it's important that the country helps Papua New Guinea to host the APEC leaders summit.

PNG has relied heavily on support from Australia, China and other countries to prepare for the summit in two weeks, and provide security.

New Zealand has given PNG NZ$15 million for help hosting APEC, targeted at areas including security assistance, resilience to cyber crime, training of diplomats and ambulance operations.

Winston Peters told Johnny Blades his government had to help PNG take this chance to unlock its huge economic and social potential.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller