9 Jun 2016

NZ's PM arrives in Fiji for landmark visit

9:37 pm on 9 June 2016
New Zealand's prime minister John Key and Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama on Mr Key's arrival in Suva on Thursday.

New Zealand's prime minister John Key and Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama on Mr Key's arrival in Suva on Thursday. Photo: Supplied / Fijian government

The New Zealand prime minister, John Key, has arrived in Fiji for a landmark visit, marking an end to a decade of mostly fractious relations between the two countries.

Suva has pulled out all stops for the first visit by a New Zealand prime minister since before Frank Bainimarama's coup in 2006.

A 100-strong guard of honour and a personal welcome from the now-elected Fiji prime minister kicked off the overnight visit, which will include a banquet and official talks between the two leaders.

Fiji honour Guard for John Key

Fiji honour Guard for John Key Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

Mr Key took part in a traditional sevusevu and kava ceremony and received gifts including a whale's tooth.

Trade, investment, and Fiji's recovery after Cyclone Winston are on the agenda for discussion, and Mr Key also plans to raise the topic of Fiji's blacklisting of some New Zealand journalists.

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