Diplomatic links between
The relationship now includes regular political-level consultations, a large development assistance programme, defence co-operation activities and a network of commercial and business linkages.
Up to two and a half thousand New Zealanders are estimated to live and work in PNG.
We share common views on a range of international issues and co-operate actively in the many multilateral and regional bodies in which we are both members.
In trade, PNG is
There are regular high level visits between the two countries.
Amongst other contacts, in recent years Foreign Ministers from both countries have met regularly to discuss regional and international issues of interest, and to promote developments in the bilateral relationship.
There have been several bilateral engagements between Foreign Ministers Hon Samuel Abal and
Prime Minister Key and Foreign Minister McCully also visited
PNG Governor-General Sir Paulias Matane visited New Zealand in February 2006, and PNG Trade Minister Hon Paul Tiensten visited in June 2006, both as guests of our government.
Dame Carol Kidu, Minister for Community Development visited as a partial guest of government in November 2008.
Defence co-operation between the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) is deep and enduring, and has developed over many decades since PNG’s independence.
Today defence co-operation is evident in the NZDF’s Mutual Assistance Programme (MAP) which provides assistance to the PNGDF for individual training and its Commercial Support Program (CSP).
Currently under the MAP, up to 40 PNGDF personnel annually receive command, leadership, staff and other specialist training at various Camps and Bases in
In May 2009 the NZDF conducted a four week company level, tropical jungle exercise at the Goldie River Training Area near
PNGDF and NZDF troops serve together as part of the Combined Task Force, in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
Both nations maintain a Defence Adviser in each other’s capitals,
Since October 2009
The NZDF also provides regular Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion Patrols to assist PNG monitor and control its maritime EEZ and from time to time both nations conduct combined military training, exercises and operations.
There exists today a mutual trust and respect between the two defence forces, and a close bond between many of each nation’s senior and middle ranked defence leaders and staff, which has built up over many years of shared military service, whether deployed together on postings, exercises, courses or operations.
In this sense the defence relationship is not only unique, but is one of the longest and strongest bonds between NZ and PNG.
The peace process concluded with the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement in August 2001.
This was given legal effect in PNG through the unanimous adoption of the 2002 Bougainville Peace Agreement Act, which provides for greater autonomy for the
Over the past four years