Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte coming to New Zealand

Mark Rutte and Jacinda Ardern.
Mark Rutte and Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Getty.

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands will make his first visit to New Zealand in October, Jacinda Ardern has announced. 

Mark Rutte, who has been the Netherlands' Prime Minister since 2010, will be in New Zealand on October 8 and 9 for engagements in Auckland.

Ardern said the relationship between the Netherlands and New Zealand "is based on common values and interests".

"We both value the rule of law, democracy and multilateralism," Prime Minister Ardern said in a statement on Thursday.

She said the visit would provide an opportunity to enhance business links, especially in the agri-food and agri-tech sectors, as well as discuss climate change issues.

"This is an opportunity to further strengthen our warm relationship with the Netherlands, and to discuss challenges such as climate change and the transition to a low-emissions economy, recent developments in Europe, and our wish to conclude a comprehensive trade agreement."

It's Rutte's first time in New Zealand in his role. He will arrive here after visiting Indonesia and fly off to Australia afterwards.

He's not the only high-profile figure coming to New Zealand in October. Stephen Colbert is making his way here in October, it was announced earlier on Thursday.