Participants were invited from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. Along with the Heads of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement, the Forum Fisheries Agency, The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat, and the Pacific Community.
The visit followed an invitation from Prime Minister John Key at the Pacific Fisheries forum in 2015, asking island nations to ‘examine New Zealand’s catch-based fisheries management systems’ (C-BFM)
The Ministers and senior officials spent two days in Wellington exploring the C-BFM before visiting Talley’s in Nelson in the morning and spending the afternoon at NMIT. They returned to Wellington for the final day of the conference before returning home.
Shane Jones, Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development, escorted the group.
A group of Pacific Fisheries Officer students currently studying at NMIT meet the Ministers. NMIT has trained 361 Pacific Fisheries Extension Officers since 1979 from 21 different countries in the Pacific.
NMIT’s International Maritime Institute of New Zealand showed the Ministers its maritime and aquaculture training programmes and facilities, including the salmon hatchery and bridge and engine room simulation suites.