Prime Minister John Key doesn't think other Pacific leaders share Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's views towards New Zealand and Australia.
Mr Bainimarama is boycotting this week's Pacific Islands Forum in Port Moresby because he believes the two nations have too much influence over the regional organisation, and is sending his foreign minister to the meetings instead.
Mr Key doesn't think Mr Bainimarama is trying to stir up trouble but said it "would have been nice" if he had come to the forum.
"But in the end that's a matter for him. If he doesn't want to come, he doesn't want to come," Mr Key told reporters.
"What I can tell you is, talking to the other leaders who are actually at the forum, they speak very fondly of New Zealand, they have a strong relationship with us and they want to engage even more with us in the future."
The Fijian government set up a rival organisation to the Pacific Islands Forum, the Pacific Islands Development Forum, which met last week.
New Zealand fully restored its diplomatic relations with Fiji after democratic elections were held there last year for the first time since Mr Bainimarama swept to power in a coup in 2006.