25 Mar 2011

Rudd to visit Christchurch

10:16 pm on 25 March 2011

Kevin Rudd, Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister and former Prime Minister, is due in Christchurch on Friday for biannual talks with his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully.

He will also visit areas damaged by the earthquake on 22 February.

The visit will include St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church and school, the red zone in the Christchurch CBD, Rehua marae and the University of Canterbury.

Mr Rudd and Mr McCully will hold the talks in Christchurch on Saturday.

Mr McCully says a range of bilateral, regional and global foreign policy issues, including recent events in the Middle East will be discusses.

The last formal talks between Australian and New Zealand foreign ministers were held in November 2010 in Canberra.