NEW ZEALAND’S MINISTER FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND DISABILITY ISSUES PAYS COURTESY CALL TO MINISTER VUNIWAQA

The New Zealand’s Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni today paid a courtesy call to Fiji’s Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa.

Minister Vuniwaqa expressed her utmost appreciation for the opportunity to meet with the New Zealand Minister and to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities in the disability sector and promoting social development.

“New Zealand is often referred to as a welfare state and we are very fortunate to have its Minister for Social Development in Fiji to shed knowledge and best practices available that can be contextualized in Fiji to help the lives of our people who fall within social protection platform”, she said.

Minister Vuniwaqa said that the Fijian Government’s main priorities are its people especially the disadvantaged and those living in poverty and they have been assisted through welfare programs under the Department of Social Welfare.

In response, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni said that she was happy to be in Fiji and to have the opportunity to discuss with Minister Vuniwaqa the opportunities and possibilities of cooperation in the social development and disability sector. She is looking forward to sharing knowledge and best practices to help the Fijian Government continue to further improve the lives of its people.

The two Ministers also met after a successful parliament visit by the Women Members of the Fijian Parliament to the New Zealand Parliament last week. The courtesy call also saw the Minister thanking the Fijian Government for working closely with the Government of New Zealand.