These two videos are raw footage from a road trip over 16-17 June with the Prime Minister Here, the Prime Minister travels around Tauranga meeting with widely diverse groups, ranging from an Acorn Foundation breakfast to a Grey Power meeting, workers at Zespri, business people assembled for a working lunch and the Tauranga delegates to the Expo.Tweet
29 June 2010
John Key - Video Journal 28
29 June 2010. In this edition of his regular video journal, Prime Minister John Key talks about very positive developments in the home insulation programme uptake rate, the costs and benefits of the impending emissions trading scheme, and his recent and upcoming travel schedule (with special mention of the All Whites).Tweet
28 June 2010
PM to visit China, Viet Nam, Republic of Korea
Prime Minister John Key will visit the Republic of Korea, China and Viet Nam in July to further cement New Zealand's strong relations with the Asia region.
Mr Key's visit to the Republic of Korea and Viet Nam will be his first as Prime Minister. It will be his second visit to China as Prime Minster.
"Asia is clearly becoming increasingly important to New Zealand," says Mr Key.
"Strengthening our relationships with the region is a key priority for the Government and this visit will further underline our already warm relationships with these three countries."
While in the Republic of Korea, Mr Key will hold a summit meeting with President Lee Myung-bak to discuss the current free trade negotiations, security on the Korean Peninsula and Korea's preparations to host the G20 Summit in November.
This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War and to commemorate this Mr Key will visit the War Memorial in Yongsan, Seoul for a wreathlaying ceremony in tribute to New Zealanders who lost their lives in the conflict.
Mr Key will visit Beijing for formal discussions with China's leaders and will also visit the New Zealand Expo Pavilion in Shanghai to mark New Zealand's "National Day" on July 9.
"The Shanghai Expo is a prime opportunity to grow markets for New Zealand goods and services in China, and to capitalise on New Zealand's unique position as the first developed country with an FTA with China," Mr Key says.
In Viet Nam Mr Key will meet with, among others, the Prime Minister, President and senior Communist Party representatives.
Mr Key will host a dinner to commemorate the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Viet Nam, and meet with New Zealand business people and their Vietnamese counterparts.
Mr Key will visit the Republic of Korea from July 4 - 7, China from July 7 - 10 and Viet Nam from July 10 - 12.Tweet
24 June 2010
Prime Minister congratulates Julia Gillard
Prime Minister John Key today congratulated new Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on her elevation to the top role and acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
"I spoke to Julia Gillard early this afternoon by phone and offered my congratulations, and indicated that I looked forward to meeting her soon," says Mr Key.
"Our relationship with Australia is a critical one and our most important with any country, and I look forward to working with Julia Gillard to advance that relationship.
"I would like to acknowledge the constructive relationship I have had with Kevin Rudd since I became Prime Minister.
"He has always been a gracious host when I have visited Australia, and our discussions have always been ones I have enjoyed.
"I am confident that the very close relationship between the two countries will remain strong.
"I am sure work will continue on progressing the Single Economic Market between both countries, and other joint initiatives like more seamless border controls."
Note: The visit scheduled by the Australian Prime Minister to New Zealand next Tuesday has been cancelled.Tweet