Prime minister Henry Puna went to Samoa, where he joined other Pacific leaders for negotiations with the European Union on the post Cotonou ACP-EU partnership. The current ACP-EU Partnership Agreement (CPA) was signed on June 23, 2000 in Cotonou, Benin. It was set for a twenty-year period and will expire in February next year.
Infrastructure minister Robert Tapaitau was away in Spain to attend a United Nations forum relating to Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.
Internal Affairs minister Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa was in Brisbane, Australia to attend a meeting concerning the electoral system.
Meanwhile deputy prime minister Mark Brown is away on Gold Coast, Australia on personal leave.