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Prime Minister John Key says a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion will soon be joining the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
“The Malaysian Government has accepted the New Zealand offer to join the international search and rescue effort, and I will be talking to Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib tonight to reinforce that New Zealand stands firmly alongside Malaysia at this challenging time” says Mr Key.
“The aircraft departed yesterday and, after a stop-off in Darwin, will arrive in Malaysia later today. It is expected to join the multi-national search and rescue mission.
“The New Zealand aircraft will be based at the Butterworth air base in Penang along with two Australian P3 planes. They are likely to assist Malaysian authorities by searching the sea areas North of Malaysia.
“Much remains unclear about what has happened to the flight. New Zealand wants to do its part in the search and rescue effort to locate the aircraft,” says Mr Key.
“While we are aware the hope for positive news is fading, our thoughts remain with the family members of those who were on the flight, particularly the families of New Zealanders Paul Weeks and Ximin Wang.”Tweet
Prime Minister John Key has welcomed Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo who arrived in New Zealand today.
“New Zealand and the Solomon Islands are close partners in the Pacific region and I am looking forward to seeing Prime Minister Lilo again,” says Mr Key.
“Last year I attended the 10th anniversary of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in Honiara and marked the transition of RAMSI from a military operation to a policing mission. This was a major milestone for the Solomon Islands and I am interested to hear about the progress that has been made since then.”
Mr Key says New Zealand maintains a significant aid programme in the Solomon Islands and this financial year New Zealand will contribute $37 million to programmes that support the development of critical infrastructure, fisheries, business, education, policing and revenue collection.
“The links between our two countries continue to go from strength to strength, in part driven by the Recognised Employer Scheme. Over 400 Solomon Islanders came to New Zealand last year,” says Mr Key.
Prime Minister Lilo will be in New Zealand from March 10-14.
Prime Minister John Key has announced the 2014 General Election will be held on Saturday 20 September.
“I’m announcing the election date well in advance as I believe this gives New Zealanders some certainty and is in the country’s best interests.”
“It is my practice to be up-front with the New Zealand public and provide plenty of notice about election timing.”
National will be campaigning on its strong record in Government and its plans to continue the good progress New Zealand is making over the next three years.
“I am proud of the work we have done to protect vulnerable New Zealanders and help strengthen families and communities through difficult times.”
Mr Key says, “I have already contacted the Governor-General to advise him of the election date.”
The Government’s intention is that the House will rise on Thursday 31 July and Parliament will be dissolved on Thursday 14 August.
Writ day will follow on Wednesday 20 August, and nomination day will be Tuesday 26 August.
The Prime Minister has this afternoon acknowledged the anguish families of New Zealanders Paul Weeks and Ximin Wang will be going through, as the wait for news of the missing flight stretches to almost two days.
Mr Weeks and Mr Wang were the only two New Zealanders on board a Malaysian Airlines flight that disappeared between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing early on Saturday (NZT).
“This will be an almost unbearable wait for the families. Not knowing what has happened to the flight and their loved ones is an awful ordeal. While they will be hoping for a miracle, they will also be preparing themselves for the worst.
“There is nothing I can say to alleviate their pain, but they should know we are hoping and praying with them.
“The thoughts of New Zealanders everywhere are with them at this most distressing time.”