24 Apr 2018

NZ says Pacific "reset" on track

6:53 am on 24 April 2018

The New Zealand Government says its Pacific "reset" is on track and the May budget will reflect that.

Fletcher Tabuteau

Fletcher Tabuteau Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The Parliamentary under secretary of foreign affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau has gone to Palau for the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers' meeting.

Mr Tabuteau said the feedback he had had was that it is important to listen to what Pacific nations want.

He said New Zealand fully supported small island states building resilience and becoming economically empowered..

"Some of the clear messages were around labour mobility, investment opportunities and the movement of capital and things like that and actually it ties in with what New Zealand will be trying to discuss there in terms of economic resilience in the Pacific region," Mr Tabuteau said.

"So what we are trying to achieve as a government is that we've been listening to the private sector and they want stability, they want surety and so that's what we are trying to achieve for them but for the people in the end."

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