13 Feb 2017

Australian PM to cross Tasman

4:33 pm on 13 February 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make an official visit to New Zealand this week.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, addresses the United Nations high-level summit on large movements of refugees and migrants. 19 Sep 2016

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, addresses the United Nations high-level summit on large movements of refugees and migrants. Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Mr Turnbull and other senior members of his cabinet will meet their New Zealand counterparts in Queenstown on Friday for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders' meeting.

Prime Minister Bill English said the visit would be an opportunity to discuss global economic trends. The two countries shared interest in advancing the trade agenda in the Asia-Pacific, he said.

They would continue discussions on the situation of New Zealanders in Australia, particularly after Mr Turnbull's announcement last year of a pathway to citizenship, Mr English said.