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The international engagements would be ‘focused on advancing New Zealand’s trade and economic interests,’ said the Prime Minister in a statement.

He will travel with a trade delegation to Australia this weekend to mark 40 years of Closer Economic Relations (CER).

Hipkins will also travel to the United Kingdom to attend the Coronation of King Charles III in May. He will be joined by a delegation of prominent Kiwis and community representatives who will represent the country at the Coronation.

He has also accepted an invitation to attend the NATO leaders’ summit in Vilnius Lithuania in July.

“My focus is on the cost of living and cyclone recovery challenges New Zealand is facing. As such I will only undertake a small number of international engagements this year,” Chris Hipkins said.

“When overseas I will look to put trade front and centre in order to support our economic recovery.

“I will be taking a business delegation with me to Australia and will be seeking to advance our trade deal with the UK when in London for the King’s Coronation and with the EU when I attend NATO,” Chris Hipkins said.

These three trips have been confirmed. The Government is continuing to pursue a trade focused trip to China later in the year.

Australia

The Prime Minister will visit Australia this Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 April, to meet Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and advance people and business ties between the two countries.

“During our last meeting in February, Prime Minister Albanese and I discussed the situation of New Zealand citizens living in Australia. This visit will follow up on those discussions,” Chris Hipkins said.

“My visit will also reinforce the trade and economic benefits and resilience which New Zealand gains from the trans-Tasman relationship, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Closer Economic Relations.

“New Zealand and Australia’s economic success is inextricably linked. The Single Economic Market is a powerful engine for growth on both sides of the Tasman.”

Hipkins will be joined by the Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Damien O’Connor, and will travel with a business delegation and senior Māori representatives. They will attend a business networking dinner with key Australian and New Zealand contacts.

“I look forward to supporting New Zealand businesses with growth ambitions in Australia, including several Māori businesses and firms from cyclone-affected areas.” Chris Hipkins said.

King Charles III Coronation

Hipkins will attend the Coronation service of King Charles III in London on May 6 along with the Governor-General, the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, senior Royal Honours holders, iwi leaders, and community representatives. In recognition that it is an election year, the Prime Minister has also invited the Leader of the Opposition to attend.

The members of the New Zealand delegation are:

  • Governor-General of New Zealand Dame Cindy Kiro and Dr Richard Davies
    Prime Minister Chris Hipkins
  • New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Phil Goff
  • Leader of the Opposition Christopher Luxon
  • Richie McCaw – Order of New Zealand representative
  • Willie Apiata – Victoria Cross for New Zealand representative
  • Abdul Aziz – New Zealand Cross representative
  • Kiingi Tuheitia and Makau Ariki Atawhai
  • Dame Naida Glavish and Lorraine Toki
  • Ben Appleton – Kaiāwhina and Director of Ngāti Rānana London Māori Club (UK based)
  • Sarah Smart – UK General Manager The Dairy Collective (UK based)
  • Craig Fenton – 2023 UK New Zealander of the Year (UK based)
  • Rebecca Scown – Former Olympic Rower and CEO of Youth Experience in Sport (UK based)
  • Rhieve Grey – Graduate student and 2021 Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University (UK based)
  • Sergeant Hayden Smith – Flag bearer selected by the New Zealand Defence Force

The Prime Minister will depart for the United Kingdom on 1 May and undertake trade focused activities in the UK prior to the Coronation to promote the NZ/UK FTA.
“It’s important for the Government and the country to be represented at our Head of State’s Coronation,” he said.

Tree planting to mark Coronation

Hipkins has also announced a range of events and activities in New Zealand to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and the Queen Consort.

“I am pleased to announce a donation of $1 million to Trees That Count as New Zealand’s gift to mark the Coronation,” Chris Hipkins said.

“Trees That Count, in partnership with the Department of Conservation, will work with community groups to plant more than 100,000 native trees. The donation will create a living legacy to benefit all New Zealanders, provide more resilience against climate change, and aligns with King Charles’s lifelong interest in environmental conservation.

“On the weekend of 6 and 7 May, local councils across New Zealand will plant native trees as part of He Rā Rākau Tītapu – King Charles III Coronation Plantings. The public are encouraged to attend events in their communities, including a family friendly celebration at the Auckland Domain on Sunday 7 May.

“Environmental restoration projects would not be possible without the generous contribution made by volunteers around the country. The Coronation will be a time to acknowledge the immense efforts made by volunteers to improve social cohesion and build stronger, more resilient communities,” Chris Hipkins said.

Other ways to mark the Coronation will include:

  • The illumination of a number of buildings across New Zealand with purple lights overnight on 6 May
  • A gun salute by the New Zealand Defence Force in Wellington on 7 May
  • The renaming of the next New Zealand Royal Honours List to The King’s Birthday and Coronation Honours List 2023
  • NZ Post’s issue of commemorative stamps and coins (from 3 May).

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I see all the usual suspects are in for the junket. I’m surprised that the prime minister did not include Shaneel Lal, Trevor Mallard and the ex PM in his retinue.

  2. Why is Hipkins going to NATO? Why would we want to have anything to do with an alliance where the most powerful partner (America) attacks its own members key infrastructure (Nordstream). That’s not an alliance that’s being a cucked proxy to an hostile imperialist aggressor.

  3. Mr. Hipkins; (aka ‘Chippy’…)

    Do NOT attend the NATO meeting, as to do so will put new Zealand on the enemy target map with one of our largest trade partners!
    Do NOT join the AUKUS, as this puts us in direct conflict with China, Russia and the remaining BRIC Nations. No ‘alliance’ will come to New Zealand’s rescue when World War Three expands beyond the Ukraine, similar to the Fall of Singapore in World War Two!
    YOU should be working on the Neutrality Act for our country, so that we don’t become targeted for invasion and destruction by former trading partners.
    The U.S., Japan, Australia and the remainder of the British Common Wealth WILL NOT BE COMING TO OUR RESCUE! THEY ARE ILL FROM COVID, FINANCIALLY BROKE AND RUINED, AND HAVE NO DEFENCE FOR THEIR OWN NATIONAL BORDERS!!!
    It will only be those Kiwis who look in the mirror to see who will save this Nation in the event of invasion and war…OH
    I forgot- you, Jabcinda and the political parties currently in government confiscated our semi-auto MSSA’s that we would use as a Territorial Militia to defend our Nation…!
    That may change in 7 months time…if it isn’t too late!

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