PM Jacinda Ardern and Julie Bishop’s secret Auckland meeting

Ardern and Bishop first meeting Feb 2018
Jacinda Ardern and Julie Bishop in Auckland. (Photo supplied via @JulieBishopMP)

9 February 2018

Claire Trevett – Deputy political editor, NZ Herald

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have met face to face for the first time and appear to have put any residual tension over the Barnaby Joyce citizenship saga behind them.

Bishop arrived in New Zealand on Friday afternoon and had a dinner with Foreign Minister Winston Peters, which included time with Ardern.

Bishop tweets first meeting w Ardern Feb 2018
View @JulieBishopMP tweet.

It is the first time they have met. In the lead up to the election Bishop had said she would have trouble working with a Labour Goverment after it was discovered MP Chris Hipkins had asked written parliamentary questions which helped prompt New Zealand officials look into the citizenship status of Australia’s deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

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