Anne Ruston, Australia’s associate minister for Agriculture and Marine Resources, spoke about the importance of security in the Pacific region in the future
“An agreement was made to move forward with regional surveillance to increase the security of the region, to make sure we increase the security of the region, by making sure we have good and timely information about (maintaining surveillance on) our area. It’s not just about fisheries issues, but broad security implications (so we) know what is going on in our region at all times.”
Ruston spoke of the importance in ensuring the region is well protected and that resources are available for all nations and their communities.
Prime minister Henry Puna, straight from his swearing in ceremony at Government House earlier in the afternoon, spoke about the importance of fisheries as an on-going domestic issue, now that the status of the government is confirmed.
“The reaffirmation of regional solidarity and acceptance that we as a region remain together and move together.”
Puna said he felt guilty for spending time away from the meeting with domestic matters, but promised to make up for it in the next 12 months after he was once again confirmed as the Minister.
Outgoing director-general James Movick, officiating at his last meeting, echoed the sentiments of both Ruson and Puna to “secure the blue Pacific” for all nations.
In a unanimous vote, Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen was elected to replace Movick as the new director-general.