7 Jul 2009

Impact of global recession main focus of Key's Pacific trip

8:02 am on 7 July 2009

The impact of the global recession on the Pacific is the main focus of a Prime Ministerial 'goodwill' trip to the region this week.

John Key leaves Wellington this morning accompanied by a large delegation of MPs, mayors, sports representatives and media.

He will visit Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Niue.

Mr Key says it's a good opportunity to take a wide range of people with community and business links to the Pacific.

The trip is in part for Mr Key to familiarise himself with New Zealand's Pacific neighbours.

He will also see firsthand how other countries are coping under the strain of the economic recession.