New Zealand is set to be a third party in Ukraine’s case against Russia in the International Court of Justice following the invasion earlier this year.
The prime minister said diplomacy needed to be the strongest tool to de-escalate tensions in the region, saying the conflict shouldn’t be characterised as a war of the West against Russia.
Ms Ardern is on an Australian visit aimed at strengthening trade and security ties.
Climate change ‘must be a foreign policy priority’
She referred to Australia as New Zealand’s largest trading partner, its only formal ally, its largest market for foreign investment and the place where 40 per cent of foreign arrivals in New Zealand landed in 2019.
Ms Ardern and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will attend the PIF next week.
The leaders’ meeting is expected to cover labour shortages, economic links, regional security, Indigenous cooperation, migration, economic recovery and climate change.