The day will start with the traditional family photo, when leaders don a shirt designed by the hosts in the most recognisable moment of the annual event.
Pacific nations, living under threat of climate catastrophe, pushed for wording in the final communique taking aim at coal use, and wanted a commitment to keeping global warming under 1.5 per cent.
“The prime minister was very insulting, very condescending, not good for the relationship,” he told The Guardian at the time.
Australia’s bid for a nuclear submarine fleet could meet resistance, given the anti-nuclear stance of many in the region formalised through the Treaty of Rarotonga.
The meeting is also set to confirm Solomon Islands as the next chair and host of the 2023 gathering.