Visit to New Zealand by the Prime Minister

Visit to New Zealand by the Prime Minister

Government Ceremonial and visits
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison travelled to Auckland for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Scott Morrison travelled to Auckland on 22 February 2019 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The visit presented a chance for Prime Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Ardern to discuss Australia and New Zealand’s shared priorities for the region and build on their initial conversations on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore last year.

A traditional welcome from the Maori community for the Prime Minister and his wife, Mrs Jenny Morrison, reinforced the similarities between Australia and Zealand’s cultures.

Our two countries share deep economic and security links as well as a history of cooperation underpinned by shared values, open borders, free trade and joint endeavour.

Maintaining those shared priorities was the focus of the Annual Leaders’ Meeting, as reflected in a joint statement by both countries.

Mrs Morrison and Prime Minister Ardern’s partner, Mr Clarke Gayford, embarked on a separate program throughout the day. They visited the Auckland Zoo before re-joining their spouses at the Auckland War Memorial to lay wreaths and remember those who gave their lives for the values our two countries share.

The Prime Ministers also met the co-Chairs of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum and other business leaders to consider further improvements to the trans-Tasman small business operating environment.

Trans-Tasman engagements rarely go by without a mention of our sporting rivalry and this was no exception with Prime Minister Ardern presenting Prime Minister Morrison with a New Zealand Warriors rugby league jumper – one the diehard Cronulla Sharks fan is unlikely to wear.