15 Sep 2008

Former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister guest of honour at NZ symposium on Melanesia

6:09 am on 15 September 2008

Former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu is to be guest of honour at a ground-breaking event aimed at exploring New Zealand's relationship with Melanesia.

He will present the opening keynote speech to the inaugural New Zealand-Melanesia Symposium this month hosted by the Pacific Cooperation Foundation.

The 'Tok-Talanoa: Pathways to the Future' theme of the Symposium on the 29th 30th of September in Wellington, aims to raise issues on New Zealand's links to the Melanesian region.

The Symposium opening on the 29th will be followed by a full day of discussion on political and regional relationships, economic development, security and governance, and cultural frameworks.