New Zealand’s rocky relationship with Fiji during the last ten years..

Presented by Peter Petterson:


New Zealand’s relationship with Fiji over the last 10 years has been a rocky one, since the last military coup in 2006:

* October 2006: Then-NZ prime minister Helen Clark visits Fiji for the Pacific Islands Forum – the last time a NZ prime minister visited

* December 2006: Commodore Frank Bainimarama leads a bloodless military coup, ousting the democratically elected prime minister Laisenia Qarase. It’s the fourth coup in Fiji in two decades

* December 2006: Clark imposes wide-ranging sanctions on Fiji. These are extended in 2007

* 2009: Fiji suspended from both the Pacific Islands Forum and the Commonwealth

* March 2014: NZ’s travel sanctions against Fiji lifted as progress is made towards holding elections

* September 2014: Fiji holds its first democratic elections since 2006. Bainimarama elected prime minister. Elections deemed to be free and fair

* November 2014: NZ’s High Commissioner to Fiji reinstated

* January 2015: NZ and Fiji formally resume defence ties

* September 2015: Prime Minister John Key and Bainimarama meet in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly

* June 2016: Key becomes the first New Zealand prime minister to visit Fiji in a decade.
Acknowledgements: NZN


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