6 Dec 2006

New Zealand government extends its warning for travellers to Fiji

2:39 pm on 6 December 2006

New Zealand's ministry of foreign affairs says there is a high - and increasing - risk for travellers in Fiji, following the military's taking of power.

It is warning against non-essential travel there and says it may yet recommend that all travel to Fiji be avoided.

It says New Zealanders should avoid areas of military activity and any demonstrations or large gatherings because of the risk of violence.

It says the family of New Zealand High Commission staff moved out of Suva last week because of a specific security concern are now authorised to leave Fiji.

The ministry recommends that all New Zealanders in Fiji record their details with the ministry.