Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s week-long trip to the Pacific Islands was a mixture of colour and ceremony throughout all four countries. Newsroom’s foreign affairs and trade editor Sam Sachdeva accompanied Ardern on the trip, and shares some of his favourite photos below.

Jacinda Ardern inspects the guard of honour at her official welcome in Samoa.
A rainbow comes out after Jacinda Ardern’s welcome to Samoa.
Boys paddle a boat by the Moataa mangroves, which have suffered from both tourism development and the effects of climate change.
A boy clings onto a turtle at Moataa in Samoa.
A Niuean welcomes Jacinda Ardern to the atoll.
Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford receive a gift from a young girl at Niue High School.
Jacinda Ardern watches students at Niue High School as they work on coconut leaf weaving.
Climate Change Minister James Shaw high-fives a girl at Fasi Government Primary School in Tonga.
Jacinda Ardern inspects one of the damaged classrooms at Fasi Government Primary School following Cyclone Gita.
Unicef has provided tents to help some children get back to class after Cyclone Gita damaged a number of schools in Tonga.
Jacinda Ardern encourages children at Fasi Government Primary School in Tonga to smile for a photo.
Fast feet from a Cook Islands performer.
Jacinda Ardern is welcomed onto Atupare Marae with a ceremonial challenge.
Cook Islanders dance for Jacinda Ardern at Atupare Marae.
House of Ariki president Tou Travel Ariki at Atupare Marae.
Jacinda Ardern watches the welcome for her in the Cook Islands.
Winston Peters is all smiles in Cook Islands ceremonial dress.
One of the smallest performers for Jacinda Ardern during her Cook Islands visit.
Jacinda Ardern looks at a soaked Alfred Ngaro after a boat trip around Muri lagoon.
Jacinda Ardern watches Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna speak at Tereora College.

Sam Sachdeva is Newsroom's national affairs editor, covering foreign affairs and trade, housing, and other issues of national significance.

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