John Key to make first NZ prime minister visit to Fiji in decade

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key meeting Fiji's elected leader Voreqe Bainimarama at the United Nations last September. Image: Te Karere News

Prime Minister John Key will make an official two-day visit to Fiji next month – the first by a New Zealand Prime Minister since Fiji’s leader, Voreqe Bainimarama, seized power in a coup 10 years ago.

Fiji news media say that Key will be there from June 9 to 10.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were all but frozen after the December 2006 coup and only restored after Fiji followed through on promised elections in September 2014.

Key met Bainimarama in New York last September, when both were at the United Nations, and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully visited Fiji in February in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

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