20 Sep 2007

New Zealand opposition leader visits Samoa

9:50 am on 20 September 2007

The leader of New Zealand's opposition National Party, John Key is meeting the Samoan prime minister today, as part of a two-day visit to the Pacific nation.

Mr Key, who flew to Samoa yesterday, will also meet with senior business and banking figures, and visit New Zealand aid projects.

He says if National forms the next government, it intends to have a strong focus on the Pacific Islands as part of its foreign policy.

Mr Key says his party would like to re-focus New Zealand's aid budget more heavily on the Pacific, and he's interested to see where New Zealand can help in Samoa.