Ardern heads to Australia for next leg of trade mission | July 4, 2022

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Jacinda Ardern is heading to Australia after wrapping up her whirlwind tour of Europe.

The Prime Minister leads a trade mission of more than 30 companies, before holding a leaders’ meeting with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese.

After the success of his European visit, which included a $1.8 billion trade deal with the European Union, all eyes will be on whether Ardern can secure any meaningful gains in his talks with Albanese. When they last met on Australian soil, the two prime ministers signaled that further discussion was needed on the contentious issue of the 501 deportees.

“This trade mission is one of many steps this government is taking to reconnect New Zealand with the world while actively strengthening partnerships between government, business and industry,” Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.

“Australia is our second largest trading partner, with two-way trade worth more than $22 billion through December 2021, and is the number one export market to which many New Zealand businesses look.”

In Melbourne, Ardern will attend an ANZ business breakfast and dinner showcasing New Zealand food and drink. She will also meet Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews. Then, in Sydney, she will attend many tourism-related events and meet the Premier of New South Wales, Dominic Perrotte.

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A number of New Zealand ministers will also travel to Sydney for the Australia-New Zealand Leadership Forum. Ardern will be joined by Grant Robertson, Damien O’Connor, Stuart Nash, Willie Jackson, Michael Wood, Ayesha Verrall and James Shaw.

“The forum is an important opportunity to engage with governments and business leaders on both sides of Tasmania on our shared economic recovery in an increasingly uncertain world,” Ardern said.

Talk to RNZ On behalf of Ardern, Chief Minister Megan Woods said the main purpose of the trip was “trade” and so it’s unclear whether the 501 issue is on the agenda. “I can’t tell you if it’s on the agenda for this particular meeting… [but] this continues to be a priority for the Prime Minister,” she said.

Read more about the Prime Minister’s European tour in today’s Bulletin

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