4 Sep 2013

NZ's PM says his country's climate change record is good

8:43 am on 4 September 2013

New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, says he thinks his country has a good record on climate change.

Mr Key is one of 15 leaders attending the 44th Pacific Islands Forum in Majuro in the Marshall Islands.

John Key says nearly 60 percent of New Zealand aid goes into the Pacific region, a critical area for his country.

He says climate change is on everyone's mind at this Forum, something he says people in the Marshall Islands live with everyday.

"This is a very low lying atoll and they feel the real threat that climate change could present to them and their lifestyles and their country. From New Zealand's point of view we do think we've got a good record on climate change, certainly the target we set in 2020 of minus 5 percent is better than a lot of our other trading partners."

John Key also says New Zealand has been assisting with practical work in the region both in terms of science and other projects.