June 19, 2021
General News

Rugby but no bungee for Morrison in NZ

Jacinda Ardern has packed rugby but no bungee into Scott Morrison’s Queenstown weekender this month as she looks to use the Australian PM’s visit to entice tourists across the ditch.

The Kiwi PM has picked the stunning South Island city for the annual leaders’ talks, to be held on May 30 and 31.

The trip will kick off with a trans-Tasman Super Rugby clash between the Otago Highlanders and Melbourne Rebels.

Queenstown has been one of New Zealand’s hardest hit places during COVID-19, given its dependence on tourism.

Ms Ardern used a Maori “whakatauki” – or proverb – involving a kumara – or sweet potato – to explain how she’d sell the trip to Australians.

“I don’t know if we need to show off. You know, the kumara doesn’t sing of it’s sweetness,” she said.

“We just need to be there, and it tells its own story.”

Queenstown is also famed for its skiing – though the season will not be open when…

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