PM Salwai meets with his New Zealand counterpart PM Key on official visit

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai is officially welcomed to New Zealand by NZ Prime Minister John Key at Auckland War Memorial Museum today. Photo: Twitter/@johnkeypm

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai was officially welcomed to New Zealand by NZ Prime Minister John Key at Auckland War Memorial Museum today. Photo: @johnkeypm/Twitter

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai is on a four-day official visit to New Zealand. His first stop yesterday was the NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). NIWA monitors marine and climate patterns which are of increasing concern to Pacific island neighbours of New Zealand. However, the Vanuatu PM is also calling on his counterpart, John Key, and meeting MPs and Opposition figures while in Auckland and Wellington. He will meet with Ni-Vanuatu RSE workers on a fruit farm before returning to Vanuatu at the weekend.

Foreign Minister Bruno Leingkone is in Fiji for the Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. Like the Prime Minister, Minister Leingkone will be concerned with regional co-operation on climate change, and with Vanuatu’s readiness to cope with disaster management. (Radio Vanuatu)

The Vanuatu patrol boat the RVS Tukoro is returning after major maintenance in Australia having been damaged during Cyclone Pam when the ship was beached on Moso Island. It returns to its patrol activities after a welcome home on Saturday. (Radio Vanuatu)

Former Ministers yesterday testified in the conspiracy case over the pardons issued to the MPs convicted of bribery last year. Paul Telukluk and Tony Nari were both in the witness box. Nari says the possibility of an appeal was discussed by the convicted, but no mention was made of a presidential pardon. The case continues. (Daily Post)