Auckland city plans Pacific Islands trade delegation


<p style="text-align: justify;">Auckland mayor Len Brown has said he will lead a trade, cultural and political delegation to go to Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue in July 2012. <!--more-->The city has memorandums of understanding with each of these four countries signed at various times in the past.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Auckland prides itself as being the world’s largest Polynesian city with almost 250,000 people of Pacific Island origin in a population of about 1.4 million. The city also hosts the world’s largest Pacific festival, Pasifika, annually. It has had long and deep links with the islands for more than a century.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The city’s freshly minted 30-year plan has taken this considerable and growing Pacific presence on board with several initiatives. New Zealand's largest city will retain a strong Pacific identity and is already working closely with several Pacific nations on trade and cultural links, says Mr Brown.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“The biggest Pacific city in the world, it's fabulous, getting more so every day,” Brown told the media last week.</p>
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