Jenny and I will visit Queenstown, New Zealand from 30–31 May, to meet with New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Arden and her partner Clarke Gayford, and to attend the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting.
This will be my first overseas visit for 2021, and it is fitting that our first trip should be across the Tasman.
Australia and New Zealand are family—and we share deep historical bonds of friendship, trust and the ANZAC spirit.
Both Australia and New Zealand have been world leaders in our response to the COVID‑19 pandemic, and this visit is a great illustration of the Trans-Tasman Safe Travel Zone in action.
We have many shared challenges to discuss. We are key partners in delivering COVID‑19 vaccines to our Pacific neighbours, we share common goals and values for the Indo-Pacific region, and we are major trading partners.
We look forward to the visit.