New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand PM Ardern will visit Fiji next week

It will be the first time a New Zealand Prime Minister has visited Fiji in four years and comes during the 50th anniversary of Fiji's independence.

Ms Ardern says Fiji is New Zealand's largest trading partner in the Pacific, visited by 200,000 New Zealand tourists a year.

She will visit Suva, Nadi and Lautoka on her three day trip, which will focus on climate change, supporting women and strengthening democracy.

PM's Pacific Island trip becomes a family reunion

The Prime Minister arrived in Niue as part of her week-long trip around the Pacific Islands and was greeted by her parents, sister and niece today.

Ms Ardern's father, Ross Ardern, is New Zealand's High Commissioner in the country and served as Police Commissioner since 2003.

During her traditional welcome, Ms Ardern was asked the purpose of her trip here.

"I replied - at least I believed I replied in Niuean - that I come in peace. If I could've added 'I also come in joy', I would've," she said.