Jacinda Ardern is in Sydney to meet with Australian government ministers and business leaders

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R).

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been formally welcomed to Australia in a ceremony at the Australian Governor-General’s official residence in Sydney.

Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford were greeted at Admiralty House by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

A 19-gun salute announced Ardern’s arrival, before a military band played New Zealand’s national anthem.

The New Zealand delegation were greeted by a guard of honour of Australian Army, Air Force and Navy personnel, inspected by Ardern on a large, sloping lawn opening out to a pristine view of the Sydney Opera House.

Ardern flew to Australia on an airforce jet on Thursday with a big entourage of government ministers and business leaders for a day of talks at senior government and business to business level.

Ardern brought five government ministers across with her to Australia – plus Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, who flew ahead for a major foreign policy speech on Thursday and Economic Development Minister David Parker, who also went early.

The flag-flying exercise is designed to show New Zealand is still open for business after the change of government heralded changes including a clamp down on foreign investment and an industrial relations reset.

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