Foreign Minister's first international trip in the job

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 10 Nov 2021, 7:41AM
Nanaia Mahuta is the country's first female Minister of Foreign Affairs and the second of Māori heritage, after Winston Peters. (Photo / file)
Nanaia Mahuta is the country's first female Minister of Foreign Affairs and the second of Māori heritage, after Winston Peters. (Photo / file)

Foreign Minister's first international trip in the job

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 10 Nov 2021, 7:41AM

The Foreign Minister's expected to try to put New Zealand's eggs in more than one basket as she visits six countries. 

Nanaia Mahuta leaves tomorrow for her first overseas foray in the job.  

She'll be heading to six nations; Australia, Indonesia, the UAE, Qatar, the US and Canada.  

Otago University International Relations Professor Robert Patman told Kate Hawkesby the Government's trying to increase New Zealand's economic links. 

“China’s our number one export destination. I think there’s been a determination by the Foreign Minister, expressed many times, that we need to diversify.” 

He said Mahuta would have had a lot of Zoom calls with them already but, that's no substitute for in-person links. 

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