THE outstanding bills PNG government owes to New Zealand companies can play a part to affect the progress of their relationship, Opposition Leader Don Polye warns.
Welcoming the new NZ's High Commissioner to PNG Her Excellency Sue Markwell, Mr Polye described Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's comments to her as sickening.
Polye said PM expressed his expectation that the countries would continue to grow stronger relations.
"PM's comments do not match his economic management in so far as paying bills owed by this government to NZ firms.
"If O'Neill expects NZ and PNG to grow stronger in relations like he says, then he must pay up bills like urged by NZ Foreign Affairs Minister," he said.
The Opposition Leader commended the NZ government for deploying an independent observer for the election and assisting PNG with security and protocol to host the APEC Leaders' Summit next year.