New Zealands Foreign Minister Winston Peters, and Health Minister and Minister for Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti are reaffirming the importance of New Zealand’s connections to the Pacific.
The Ministers will meet with Prime Minister Mark Brown, and
visit New Zealand-supported activities.
Ministers Peters and Reti will be in Rarotonga for 24 hours,
arriving by New Zealand Defence Force aircraft on Tuesday night.
A reception will be held at the New Zealand High
Commissioner’s Residence at Ngātipā on Wednesday evening.
Peters is well travelled in the region, visiting communities
and constituents as Foreign Minister. For Dr Reti, the trip to the Cook
Islands, Tonga and Samoa this week is his first as the Minister for Pacific
“New Zealand enjoys strong and long-standing relationships
with our Pacific partners - especially in Polynesia, where we have close
political, economic, and people-to-people ties,” Peters said.
“This trip is an opportunity for New Zealand to continue to
strengthen and progress our bilateral cooperation with Cook Islands, Tonga and
Samoa while supporting each country’s respective development goals.
“Given New Zealand’s place and influence in the region, our
visit will also reinforce our commitment to collectively responding to the many
— and varied — strategic issues and challenges facing both the Pacific, and the
wider Indo-Pacific,” Peters said.
Minister Reti said he is pleased to undertake a visit to
Polynesia, representing both his portfolios.
The Health Minister will meet with officials to discuss New
Zealand’s role in working together to deliver on long-term health priorities,
both nationally and regionally. Talks will focus on the impact of Covid-19 in
“New Zealand has deep and longstanding cultural links with
the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga, and I am looking forward to reinforcing
those, as well as discussing the shared issues our communities face in New
Zealand and the Pacific, particularly in health.”