Katoomba, 14 November 2021 (TDI): Australia and New Zealand held biannual consultations on Friday. The consultation was to strengthen the special trans‑Tasman relationship between the two countries in the biannual consultations. The meeting was conducted by the Foreign Ministers of both of the countries.

Australian Foreign Minister, Marise Payne welcomed her counterpart Nanaia Mahuta. The special trans‑Tasman relationship is one of whānau, and it is to acknowledge the unique role of the indigenous peoples of Australia and New Zealand; in both countries.

Moreover, both the Foreign Ministers had shown greater support to Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement between the two countries. They also discussed finding ways to enhance cooperation and deepen the relationship between Australia and New Zealand.

The Pacific neighbors are facing the same strategic challenges in the Indo-Pacific. The meeting also reaffirmed the significance of the open and inclusive Indo‑Pacific region and shared support to the Pacific through Australia’s Step-up and New Zealand’s Partnering for Resilience approach.

They also expressed their commitment to preserving the liberal international order. The South Pacific countries stressed ASEAN centrality, its outlook on the Indo-Pacific, and the role of AUKUS. They agreed to intensify efforts on COVID-19 vaccination in the region.