Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Goff leads delegation on Pacific trip

Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

27 March 2005
Media statement

Goff leads delegation on Pacific trip

Foreign Minister Phil Goff will lead a 75-strong delegation of MPs, business people, NGOs, academics, media, officials and a cultural group on a six-day visit to New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Rapa Nui next week.

The visit, which begins on Tuesday, will include meetings with New Caledonian President Marie-Noelle Themereau, French Polynesian President Oscar Temaru, and other key leaders in both territories, as well as meeting with the Governor and mayor in Rapa Nui (Easter Island), which is a part of Chile.

Delegation members will talk to their counterparts in the elected assemblies, business, education and cultural areas.

"Taking a delegation to the Pacific each year helps introduce New Zealand opinion makers to the region, and to increase their knowledge and understanding of the issues it faces," Mr Goff said.

“This visit will focus on strengthening our relationship with New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Rapa Nui, and it will underline New Zealand's support for their closer engagement in the Pacific.

"It will also give me an opportunity to talk at a government level with political leaders, and the delegation a chance to make a wide range of contacts at a people-to-people level.

“New Caledonia is New Zealand’s closest neighbour, while we share close indigenous cultural linkages with French Polynesia and Rapa Nui. French Polynesia’s Raiatea Island is considered one of the main islands from where New Zealand’s original Maori came, and there are linguistic similarities between the indigenous French Polynesia and Rapa Nui languages and Maori.

“New Caledonia and French Polynesia have both recently seen significant changes in leadership and government. This visit provides opportunity to meet the new leaders and introduce a wide range of New Zealanders to our friends in the French Pacific and Rapa Nui.”

"New Caledonia and French Polynesia are significant markets for New Zealand, taking in nearly $290 million worth of our exports last year. A trade mission forms part of the delegation and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise have organised an extensive promotional programme for New Zealand goods and services in New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

"Our relationship with the French Pacific territories is also an important strand in our relationship with France," Mr Goff said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election