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Extract from Cabinet Minute CAB-19-MIN-0119 Proposed Overseas Travel: Prime Minister
On 25 March 2019, Cabinet:
1 authorised the absence of the Prime Minister from New Zealand, from the morning of Sunday 31 March until the evening of Tuesday 2 April 2019, to make a bilateral visit to Beijing, China;
2 agreed that she be accompanied by her Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief Press Secretary;
3 noted that she will be accompanied by her partner;
4 approved the estimated expenditure of up to [withheld under 9(2)(f)(iv)] for the Prime Ministerial party as a charge to Vote: Internal Affairs (Members of the Executive – Travel);
5 noted that she will also be accompanied by Diplomatic Protection Service officers, and officials from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, whose travel costs will be met by their respective votes;
6 noted that the host government will assist with some facilitation, accommodation and ground transport costs;
7 agreed that in her absence:
7.1 Rt Hon Winston Peters act as Prime Minister and Minister for National Security and Intelligence;
7.2 Hon Grant Robertson act as Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage;
7.3 Hon Tracey Martin as Minister for Child Poverty Reduction.