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Australian governor-general to visit NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/05/2017

Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove will make a state visit to New Zealand next week. © AAP Images Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove will make a state visit to New Zealand next week. Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove will make a state visit to New Zealand next week.

Prime Minister Bill English announced their visit, saying it continued the close engagement between New Zealand and Australia.

"It follows the trip to New Zealand in February by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and this month's visit to Australia by Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee," he said.

"It also reciprocates former Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine's state visit to Australia in May 2015."

A simultaneous announcement in Canberra said the visit was at the invitation of New Zealand's Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

The visit was at the invitation of New Zealand's Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. © Getty Images The visit was at the invitation of New Zealand's Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy. "It will focus on the strong friendship and historic, cultural, business and defence links between both nations," the statement said.

The visit, from Wednesday to Saturday, includes more than 20 engagements in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Kaikoura and Stewart Island.

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