Brown to promote city on Islands
Auckland mayor Len Brown will lead a delegation to the Pacific Islands next week to promote the city and strengthen business ties.
About 14 per cent of Auckland's population have Pacific heritage, making it the city with the largest Pacific population in the world.
With closer economic and political ties already cemented with Samoa and the Cook Islands, the delgation hopes to do the same with Tonga - by promoting the city's capabilities and its contribution to sustainable development in the Pacific.
"I am proud of the close association we enjoy with the Samoan, Tongan and Cook Island communities living in the Auckland region," Brown said.
"We value their very special contribution to the diversity and vibrancy of our city. We want to see sustainable economic development flourish between our countries and enable the communities of the Pacific to enjoy a secure and prosperous future."
The delegation will include business leaders from the education, infrastructure and food and beverage sectors, which together represent almost a quarter of Auckland's economy.
The mission will provide business opportunities and give delegates a greater understanding of the Pacific market.
This year will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship between New Zealand and Samoa as well as the 50th anniversary of Samoan independence.