Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Downpour fails to dampen trans-Tasman meeting

Downpour fails to dampen trans-Tasman meeting

A meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Australian counterpart Julie Bishop is under way amid heavy rain on Waiheke Island.



Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, left, and New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters arrive at the meeting on Waiheke Island Photo: Pool

In opening remarks, Mr Peters said New Zealand's relationship with its neighbour was was its most special, and Ms Bishop said the two countries were natural partners.

Mr Peters and Ms Bishop arrived at Mudbrick Vineyard amid the downpour and walked to the meeting room under the cover of umbrellas.

"It's wet out there," Ms Bishop said as she stepped into the meeting room.

Ms Bishop asked Mr Peters to tell her about the vineyard.

"On a great day it's fantastic," he said.

The pair didn't do the usual formal handshake as they took their seats at the table.

Mr Peters thanked Ms Bishop for coming to Waiheke Island and apologised for the weather.

"I hope you enjoy Waiheke Island, it's a very special place."

In his opening remarks, Mr Peters said New Zealand's relationship with Australia was its most special.

Ms Bishop thanked Mr Peters for choosing such a beautiful location for their meeting.

"Australians never complain about rain," she said.

"It's a bit of an adventure."

Ms Bishop also thanked Mr Peters for the "delightful" evening she spent with the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"Australia and New Zealand are essential natural partners and we have so many issues in common."

But Ms Bishop said there was more the two countries could do together.

She said she looked forward to discussing a range of issues with Mr Peters, including regional issues, engagement in the Pacific and South-East issue and broader issues around terrorism and security around the globe.

Ms Bishop thanked Mr Peters for his warm hospitality.

Meetings between the two foreign ministers are held every six months.

One ongoing issue likely to be raised was New Zealand's standing offer to take 150 refugees from offshore Australian detention centres - an offer Australia has so far declined to take up.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell On Labour’s Timidity:

What an odd post-Cabinet press conference that was yesterday, from PM Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Prevailing Media Narratives About The Govt Coalition

The media reports the facts…. but that’s not the end of it, and nor should it be. It also marshals those facts and creates a story from them, usually one with a moral that’s implied or explicit. After six months though, it is still unclear just what the dominant media narrative is of the coalition government. Is it Idealistic But Impractical? Is its Heart in the Right Place, but is it Taking On Too Much? Is the coalition proving to be Fractious And Unstable, or is it Surprisingly Adept at Keeping Its Inherent Rifts Out of the Public Eye? More>>

RNZ Explainer: Why You Should Care About Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's shares have lost billions of dollars in value after something to do with data used by Cambridge Analytica. Confused? Here's what it means, and what could come next...More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The (Looming) Nurses’ Strike

It is (almost) possible to feel a bit sorry for the DHB negotiators engaged in the current nurses pay round. Come next Monday there’s every sign that nurses will resoundingly reject the pay offer the DHBs have put on the table, as being totally inadequate...More>>

Gordon Campbell: On A Trade War With China

As things currently stand, the White House has NOT included New Zealand on its list of allies whose steel and aluminium exports to the US will be exempted from US President Donald Trump’s recent hike in tariffs. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Credibility In Politics

Credibility is always such a fickle, unstable element in politics. You know it when you see it, though. More>>

Video And Report: Cory Doctorow Talks Machine Learning And Big Data

International internet and digital technology commentator Cory Doctorow talked about machine learning and big data at the Privacy Commissioner’s PrivacyLive event on 13 March 2018 in Wellington. More>>