New Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prepares for first trip overseas

Labour leader and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the Newshub debate she didn't think abortion should be in the

Labour leader and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the Newshub debate she didn't think abortion should be in the

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will travel to Sydney on Sunday to meet with Australian Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull.

Hipkins involvement drew an extraordinary response from Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who said she would find it "very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations created to undermine the Government of Australia".

Ardern said since becoming Prime Minister she had "plenty" of contact with Turnbull and Australian Labor leader Bill Shorten.

Ardern said that issue was an ongoing issue she would continue to raise.

Relations between Turnbull's Australia and New Zealand haven't been as strong as they used to be, due to treatment of New Zealand citizens living in Australia.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop: "Should there be a change of government, I would find it very hard to build trust with those involved in allegations created to undermine the government of Australia".

"The Trans-Tasman relationship is New Zealand's most important", Ardern said on Tuesday. "And we are stronger together on the global stage", says Jacinda Ardern.

In response Ardern said she would welcome a phone call with Bishop. But she was open to meeting Bishop when they were able. "I have no concerns about that, and it is likely to happen I'm sure soon".

"I'm looking forward to this early opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Turnbull and to establishing a close working relationship".

"As well as taking stock of the trans-Tasman relationship, this will be an opportunity to discuss the upcoming APEC and East Asia Summits, as well as other global issues".

APEC takes place in Vietnam on November 11 and 12.

The visit comes after a campaign in which now Education Minister Chris Hipkins became involved in a controversy surrounding then Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, and Ardern threatened to retaliate if university fees were hiked for Kiwi expats.

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