Hon Murray McCully
Minister of Foreign Affairs
3 November 2009
McCully confirms NZ diplomat ordered out of Fiji
Foreign Minister Murray McCully tonight confirmed that New Zealand's Acting Head of Mission in Fiji has been ordered out
of the country by the interim government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama.
"Late this afternoon firstly the Australian High Commissioner and then New Zealand's Acting Head of Mission were called
in by the head of Foreign Affairs in Fiji and told that they would be formally notified tomorrow that they had been
declared Personna Non Grata," Mr McCully said.
"The move follows a series of threats from the interim regime over recent days in relation to the effect that travel
sanctions are having on members of the Fijian judiciary.
"In New Zealand's case the threats have been in the context of a judge who was recently caught by the travel ban but was
granted a medical exemption to fly to Auckland with her daughter, who is currently getting treatment here for a
"The New Zealand government will now consider the appropriate steps to take in response to today's expulsion, and also
assess the impact of this action on the already depleted resources in our Suva High Commission.
"Last December our Acting High Commissioner and Trade Commissioner were expelled from Fiji -- following the previous
expulsion of our High Commissioner -- and at the same time the interim regime declined to roll over the positions of our
Police and Defence Attaches," Mr McCully said.