NZ saddened by passing of former PNG Prime Minister
“Sir Mekere was widely respected and made a significant contribution to Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands region,” Nanaia Mahuta said.
- New Zealand
Sir Mekere was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2002 and was the current Member of Parliament for Moresby North-West.
He introduced important constitutional changes and laid the foundation for the orderly development of political parties. He signed the Bougainville Peace Agreement and carried forward a strong reform agenda which helped underpin Papua New Guinea's development.
Nanaia Mahuta offered her condolences to Sir Mekere's family and the people of Papua New Guinea.
He tai ka ripiripia te tai a te moana, arā te tai o ākeāke. Kauria te moana o whakaaro nui e te Rangatira moe mai raa - kia au te moe.
(With Inputs from New Zealand Government Press Release)