Prime Minister Christopher Luxon will travel to Melbourne tomorrow to meet with Southeast Asian leaders.

He has been invited by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

It will be Luxon’s second official visit to Australia since becoming prime minister, having travelled to Sydney to meet with Albanese in December last year.

The Prime Minister will meet with several ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) leaders on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.

Luxon said Southeast Asia was “incredibly important” for New Zealand.

“The ASEAN bloc is our third largest goods export market. Stepping up our focus on the region reflects the impact it has on New Zealand’s strategic and economic interests.”

New Zealand’s exports to ASEAN nations has grown by 28% since the pandemic, totalling $9.65 billion New Zealand dollars in 2022.

Luxon said he looked forward to strengthening New Zealand’s relationships in the region, including with ASEAN leaders themselves.

“And making sure the world knows that New Zealand is well and truly open for business,” he said.

Luxon will also meet with trans-Tasman business leaders while in Australia, and will return to New Zealand on Wednesday evening.