I will travel to Auckland, New Zealand on 22 February 2019 to participate in the annual Australia‑New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Australia and New Zealand share deep economic and security links and our two countries have a history of generations of cooperation.
Few countries share such a similar outlook as Australia and New Zealand. Our countries benefit from our Closer Economic Relations free‑trade agreement and trans‑Tasman single economic market.
Prime Minister Ardern and I will discuss how we can integrate our economies more deeply, improve our business environment, and create jobs and growth on both sides of the Tasman.
We work together to maintain the rules-based international order that has served the world so well since 1945, be this through our strong advocacy for a liberalised and open trading system or as we serve together to promote peace and security in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Australia and New Zealand have also worked closely with our Pacific partners to build a stable, prosperous and resilient region. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Ardern to take forward our shared priorities for our region in partnership with our Pacific neighbours.
As allies and family, our relationship is as important today as it has ever been. I look forward to this opportunity to capitalise on the opportunities such close ties offer both our countries and people.