Niuean Premier, Dalton Tagelagi, is due to land in Aotearoa New Zealand today to sign a refreshed NZ-Niue Statement of Partnership.
During his visit to Wellington, Premier Tagelagi will undertake several official engagements, including meetings with the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Pacific Peoples.
“I am delighted that Premier Tagelagi’s first official bilateral overseas visit will be to Aotearoa New Zealand,” said Prime Minister Ardern.
“With 30,000 Niueans living in New Zealand our whakapapa connections as well as our special constitutional links makes Niue one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s closest partners.”
The Prime Minister said ties between the two nations had deepened in recent years while Niue’s borders have been closed due to COVID-19.
“Niue has one of the highest levels of vaccination in the world and we have worked closely with them to achieve that, as well as offering economic support while tourism has been shut,” she said.
“The signing of a refreshed Statement of Partnership between Niue and Aotearoa New Zealand reflects the deep cooperation and connection between our two countries, and our shared understanding of issues facing our region.
“I look forward to discussing face to face the key issues facing our region such as climate change as well as the economic recovery from COVID-19 and the current global supply constraints,” said the Prime Minister.