17 Dec 2010

NZ's Foreign Minister to visit Cook Islands to meet new PM

11:25 am on 17 December 2010

New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, will travel to the Cook Islands today to meet new Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna and his recently appointed Cabinet.

Mr McCully says New Zealand and the Cook Islands have a particularly close relationship, underpinned by extensive personal links and our shared citizenship.

He says the visit will include discussions with the new government on a range of issues affecting our two countries, and New Zealand's programme of development assistance in the Cooks.

He says it will also be an opportunity to see first hand the reconstruction efforts on Aitutaki following Cyclone Pat earlier this year.

Mr McCully will returns to New Zealand next week.