Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters met with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne on Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf this morning.
The formal meeting included discussions about the Pacific where there have been several initiatives by both governments to assert their presence in the face of a growing a Chinese influence.
“For two independent nations, Australia and New Zealand enjoy an unparalleled level of connection and integration. Our discussion will help ensure the trans-Tasman relationship is working effectively,” Mr Peters said.
The meeting comes just ahead of the annual meeting of New Zealand and Australian Prime Ministers due to take place at the end of February in Auckland.