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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