John Key welcomed in Rarotonga
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 1:38p.m.
With a traditional Cook Islands welcome of singing and dancing, Prime Minister John Key has touched down in Rarotonga for the Pacific Islands Forum.
Greeted by about 30 schoolchildren, brightly dressed and waving mini New Zealand flags, Mr Key received an ei (lei) from Miss Cook Islands - the first of several which left him struggling to see over the top of their white flowers.
Mr Key will meet with Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna on Tuesday afternoon (local time) and visit a Green Energy Pod, where New Zealand is showcasing its sustainable energy efforts.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will arrive in Rarotonga later on Tuesday afternoon.
Both leaders will join other Pacific leaders at the forum's opening ceremony on Tuesday night, where they will be carried into the national auditorium on pa'ata (raised platforms) by Cook Islands warriors.
Mr Key, the outgoing forum chairman, will speak at the ceremony, alongside Mr Puna, ahead of a cultural performance and traditional reception.
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30/08/2012 9:55:50 a.m.
Any Offers wrote:
Maybe they would like to keep him he is not doing anything hear as PM.
29/08/2012 8:37:32 p.m.
tim godfrey wrote:
Madness I fully agree with you,This is just another show case of his mentality.He should be back here too support his BUTCH mates,Mulldoon was the known PM too travel,but this one has over taken him by miles,But their was a difference of the two Mulldoon went away on business too help the country,but the other is just for being a show case for the camera,and a great show off.
29/08/2012 2:13:00 p.m.
I am so sick of seeing JK running around the world and not sorting his own stumbling country. He had the nerve to critisize Helen for all her travel but I think he is far exceeding that!!!!! Nice to not see his face today too!!!
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