Peters to lead NZ envoy

Saturday May 18, 2019 Written by Published in National

New Zealand’s deputy prime minister Winston Peters will be leading a ministerial delegation to the Cook Islands next week.

 

The agenda of their visit is still unknown as efforts to get details from government and the New Zealand High Commission have proven futile due to their failure to communicate properly.

The high commission, however, said, an official press release on the delegation’s visit would be released “sometime next week”.

Peters is expected to be accompanied by Stuart Nash, who is the minister responsible for police, revenue, small business and fisheries. He is the great-grandson of former New Zealand prime minister Sir Walter Nash.

Names of the other members of the delegation are unknown.

The New Zealand delegation is expected to visit Rarotonga and Aitutaki during a short stay in the country.

Peters, who is also New Zealand’s foreign affairs minister, was in Fiji earlier this week with the United Nations secretary-general António Guterres to attend a Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting.

In February this year, he led New Zealand ministerial delegation’s visit to three Pacific nations in a bid to continue their Pacific Reset initiative.

Peters earlier said the Pacific Reset was about developing a genuine partnership with Pacific countries.

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