Bill English off to meet Europe's leaders
Bill English is starting the new year with an international trip to meet world leaders.
The new Prime Minister leaves on Monday for a nine-day trip to Brussels, London and Berlin with his wife Mary.
He's meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel.
He's also meeting London Mayor Sadiq Khan, European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Martin Schulz.
"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," says Mr English.
The trip comes after New Zealand controversially co-sponsored a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.