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PM Releases NZ Visit Details

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says  he is looking forward to meeting his New Zealand counterpart John Key. Mr Bainimarama released details of his first official visit to NZ from Sydney
18 Oct 2016 11:00
PM Releases  NZ Visit Details
Voreqe Bainimarama Prime Minister

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says  he is looking forward to meeting his New Zealand counterpart John Key.

Mr Bainimarama released details of his first official visit to NZ from Sydney last night. He said he would fly from Sydney to Auckland tomorrow.

On Thursday he will attend a trade symposium in Auckland. He will meet Mr Key for talks on Friday. Later the same day, he will be accorded a traditional welcome ceremony by the Fijian community in Auckland.

Mr Bainimarama will be formally welcomed by the NZ Government at Government House in Auckland on Saturday.

He will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and attend a Fijian sports programme. In the evening, he and Mr Key will watch the Bledisloe Cup rugby match between New Zealand and Australia.

On Sunday, he will attend a church service in Auckland and return home on Monday. The NZ Herald newspaper reported Mr Key saying: “New Zealand and Fiji have strong ties in a range of areas, and the Prime Minister’s visit presents a further opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest.”

Mr Bainimarama said he met investors in  a meeting hosted by Westpac Sydney yesterday.

(Full report on Page 4)

Today, he will visit Parramatta Marist High School in New South Wales because of its similarities to Marist Brothers High School in Suva.

It is the oldest Catholic secondary school in Australia and one of the top performing schools in the State. Since 1875, it has been under the tutelage of the Marist Brothers.

Then he will visit a Fijian-owned company, Mesh & Bar Pty Ltd, which has operations in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, and employs more than 500 people, half of whom are Pacific Islanders.

Mesh & Bar is one of Australia’s leading independent reinforcing steel suppliers. Since 1999 it has supplied the Australian construction industry with a wide range of concrete reinforcing products.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj



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