Obama to meet with Ardern and Key

  • 19/03/2018
Barack Obama is about to make his first visit to New Zealand.
Barack Obama is about to make his first visit to New Zealand. Photo credit: Reuters

Barack Obama is about to make his first visit to New Zealand with meetings set with both the former and current prime minister.

Details of the former U.S president's trip to the country were released by his office on Sunday ahead of his arrival on March 21.

Mr Obama's first point of call when he arrives on Wednesday is a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Government House in Auckland.

He will also be a guest speaker at a New Zealand-United States Council event at the Auckland Viaduct Events Centre on Thursday.

New Zealand-United States Council chairman Leon Grice said Mr Obama's presidency had an extraordinary impact on the world.

"New Zealand's deep friendship with the United States was strengthened politically, culturally, in trade and investment, innovation and security," he says.

The council is a not-for-profit organisation of businesspeople and academics.

Mr Obama is also expected to meet with former prime minister and director of Air NZ John Key.

He will leave New Zealand on Friday to visit Sydney for another New Zealand-United States Council conversation and to meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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