English on the job

Bill English has emerged from the holiday period via  Media Statement (that isn’t obvious on his Parliamentary web page nor the National Party website).

He will be hitting 2017 with a significant international trip, a big outing for him early in his tenure as Prime Minister.

PM to travel to Brussels, London and Berlin

Prime Minister Bill English will travel to Brussels, London and Berlin next week to meet with leaders to discuss issues including trade and security.

“This is an opportunity to exchange views on a range of issues facing Europe and the world, and to reaffirm that New Zealand remains a committed friend and partner,” Mr English says.

“The focus of my trip will be to advance New Zealand business and trade opportunities in the region, including starting the negotiations on an FTA with the European Union this year.”

In Brussels, Mr English will meet with the three Presidents of the EU – European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Martin Schulz. He will also meet with Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel.

In London, Mr English will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor Sadiq Khan.

“I will be interested to hear Prime Minister May’s views on Brexit and will take the opportunity to reaffirm New Zealand’s commitment to working towards a high quality trade deal when the UK is in a position to negotiate.”

In Berlin, Mr English will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

Mr English will also meet with a range of other government, business and academic leaders to hear their views on the political, economic and security situation in the region and about opportunities for New Zealand there.

The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Trade Minister Todd McClay in Brussels and Foreign Minister Murray McCully in London and Berlin.

Dr Mary English will also travel with the Prime Minister.

Mr English will leave New Zealand on 9 January and return on 18 January.

– Scoop


  1. Gezza

     /  6th January 2017

    Good move. Raising his profile internationally straight away.

    • Things will be quiet here for a while yet so it’s a good time to be heading overseas.

      I presume Key was scheduled to go, these sorts of trips usually take a while to organise, Merkel and May probably don’t wait around in case there might be spur of the moment visits.

  2. Klik Bate

     /  6th January 2017

    This means the ebullient Paula will be Acting PM in Bill’s absence…..I wonder what that ‘bitter old leftie’ Brian Edwards will think about that XD

    • That’s the type of endorsement any National Minister would want from someone like Brian Edwards. Dr Edwards has descended into bitter old Leftieville quite nicely.

      • Brown

         /  7th January 2017

        Is that the Dr I don’t need Nat Super but its forced on me and we should have laws making us pay more tax because I won’t do what I think is right unless forced to Edwards?

        • Gezza

           /  7th January 2017

          No, it’s Brian Finbar Myram Edwards CNZM.

          That other Edwards chap you mention must have a devil of a time filling out the ‘Name’ section on forms.

        • I believe you have identified him Brown…

  3. Blazer

     /  6th January 2017

    ‘Bubbles Bennett,bumptious,bombastic,barrel bummed ,bully,with no taste in clothes.

  4. Conspiratoor

     /  6th January 2017

    Oh look. Murray is taking Bill for a ride. He is going to introduce Bill to some nice people. Bill likes everybody. Everybody likes Bill