29 Aug 2012

NZ to co-host energy summit with EU

11:22 pm on 29 August 2012

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand will host an energy summit in 2013 in an effort to reduce the Pacific's reliance on fossil fuel and introduce renewable energy where possible.

Mr McCully says in the past 12 months, Pacific countries such as Tokelau, Tonga and the Cook Islands have made good progress.

Speaking from the Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga on Tuesday, Mr McCully says New Zealand will co-host the summit with the European Union.

"The time has come for us to try and move past talk on the renewable energy front and see a lot more action. We think that's a very appropriate parting gift as forum chair for the past year."