30 Mar 2005

New Zealand foreign minister due in Tahiti

3:56 pm on 30 March 2005

The New Zealand foreign minister, Phil Goff, is due in French Polynesia tonight on the second leg of his week-long Pacific tour.

His delegation of nearly 80 has met New Caledonian leaders as Richard Pamatatau reports.

"Mr Goff wrapped up his two-day visit to New Caledonia today with plans for a closer liaison of the French territory with New Zealand. He says it makes good sense for New Zealand to look to New Caledonia - its closest Pacific neighbour for trade, tourism and cultural exchanges. Mr Goff says initial co-operation with New Caledonia will include an investigation of fisheries and maritime surveillance. He also says there are also opportunities for New Zealand companies in the nickel industry."