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PM, leaders depart on Pacific Mission

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/06/2017 Karen Sweeney

Prime Minister Bill English will be hoping a delegation of business leaders takes the spotlight off his island dancing skills on his Pacific Mission this week.

Dozens of MPs, business leaders and community and NGO sector representatives are joining Mr English on his trip to the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga.

He will be joined by Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee and Pacific People Minister Alfred Ngaro for meetings with government leaders in each country.

Environment, security and economic challenges will be on the agenda, as well as the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum.

"We'll be visiting a number of projects and programmes funded by New Zealand aid, including renewable energy projects, police headquarters and sporting facilities and making a number of announcements," Mr English said.

The trip is about reinforcing the importance of New Zealand's relationships with its Pacific neighbours and partners, he said.

It follows a visit to Samoa by Mr English last week, where he celebrated the anniversary of the nation's independence.

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