The historic meeting between the President of the US and North Korea's leader has been touted as a global event of epic proportions.

But what's the significance of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un for NZ and for Māori? 

A New Zealand political academic Patrick Thomsen based in South Korea says the outcome of today's meeting will have a significant impact on the South Pacific.


"A lot of our nations in the Pacific, specifically New Zealand - most of the North Island is within that range which is what we get reminded of all the time, so the first thing that would be of relevance to us is obviously our immediate safety and security."


Labours Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis says both these leaders hold the fate of the world in their hands.


"He mataku nōku, kei a rāua te oranga o te ao, mehemea ka hōhā rāua ki a rāua anō he tūpatotanga ki a mātou o te ao - ngā motu, ngā whenua katoa o te ao."


Thomsen says, although there's a sense of caution in South Korea, they're instead concerned about Trump.


"The word on the ground is, like I said before, bated breath there's a lot of optimism, also a lot of caution because the real unknown quantity here is Trump, so we're not sure how that's going to go, so there's a lot of confusion and excitement in the air."


Time will show what benefits come out of this meeting.