Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Papua New Guinea

Honorable Nanaia Mahuta

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minita Take Aorere

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta is leaving for Papua New Guinea next week to discuss kanohi ki te kanohi with partners and visit key development initiatives in the region.

“As we continue to reconnect Aotearoa New Zealand with the world, it is essential that we invest time and effort in strengthening our bonds with our partners, particularly in our own Pacific region,” said Nanaia Mahuta.

“It has been and continues to be a difficult time for Papua New Guinea and Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. With the continued impacts of COVID-19, climate change and an increasingly security environment complex, the need to support and build resilience is more important than ever.

“Aotearoa New Zealand and Papua New Guinea have a warm and long-standing relationship and I look forward to reaffirming that in person with Prime Minister James Marape and new Foreign Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

“During my visit, I will also meet with other political and community leaders, and attend a roundtable lunch with participants from the Women’s Political Leadership Academy, where we will focus on gender equality. gender and the empowerment of women and girls.

“Access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is a critical component to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and many of our Pacific whanaunga need sustainable investments to achieve this. I look forward to discussing this further with NGOs and visiting health development initiatives while in Port Moresby.

“I also plan to visit agricultural projects supported by New Zealand. Engaging with these will include traveling to Mt Hagen and hearing about peacebuilding work from representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“New Zealand remains committed to working alongside Papua New Guinea, to ensure a more resilient, stable and prosperous Pacific region, for the benefit of all who are part of our Pacific blue continent,” said Nanaia Mahuta.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs will travel to Papua New Guinea on Monday 5 September and will return to New Zealand on the evening of Thursday 8 September.

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