11 August 2002 Media Statement
Malta PM to visit New Zealand
Malta’s Prime Minister, Dr Edward Fenech-Adami, arrives in New Zealand on Monday 12 August for a four-day visit, Prime
Minister Helen Clark said today.
“It is Dr Fenech-Adami’s first visit to New Zealand. It is also the first visit here by a Maltese Prime Minister,” Helen
“There is a long history of friendship and cooperation between our two countries, stemming from our shared Commonwealth
membership. We have always worked closely together, especially on Commonwealth and United Nations issues.”
A formal welcome for Dr Fenech-Adami will be held in Wellington on Tuesday 13 August. Helen Clark will hold talks with
Dr Fenech Adami, who will also call on the Governor-General. Dr Fenech Adami will also meet members of the Maltese
community in Wellington and in Auckland.
Dr Fenech Adami heads Malta’s Nationalist Party, which has been in government since 1987, apart from a two-year Labour
government in 1996-98. Malta is on track to join the European Union in the next wave of accessions, probably by the end
The last high level Maltese government representative to visit New Zealand was former President Tabone in 1993.