Press Release – New Zealand Government
Hon Murray McCully Minister of Foreign Affairs 28 February 2013 Media Statement McCully to host Cook Islands PM
Hon Murray McCully
Minister of Foreign Affairs
28 February 2013 Media Statement
McCully to host Cook Islands PM
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will host Cook Islands Prime Minster Henry Puna and two of his ministerial colleagues today for the second New Zealand-Cook Islands Joint Ministerial Forum.
“New Zealand has a strong and long-standing relationship with the Cook Islands based on shared heritage and close constitutional ties – Cook Islanders are New Zealand citizens,” Mr McCully says.
“Our governments have agreed that the priorities for the New Zealand Aid Programme in the Cook Islands will be tourism and sectors that contribute to sustaining the tourism industry such as education, water and sanitation.”
“The development effort will also focus on renewable energy, which will be a hot topic ahead of next month’s Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland,” Mr McCully says.
Mr Puna will be accompanied by Finance Minister Mark Brown and Tourism, Education and Fisheries Minister Teina Bishop.