18 Apr 2011

NZ-based Fiji group critical of NZ and Australia's Fiji policy

7:06 am on 18 April 2011

The Fiji Council of New Zealand says the governments of New Zealand and Australia are out of touch with other countries and need to be more patient as Fiji makes progress towards democracy.

Fiji has been run by the military for more than four years and is expected to hold elections in 2014

The President of the Auckland-based group, Alton Shameem, says he welcomes the re-engagement of Fiji by the Melanesian Spearhead Group, which last month made the Fiji interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, its new chair.

"Fiji is trying to move on the Melanesians and other countries, Asian countries, European countries, even America, they're all trying to engage with Fiji, to help Fiji move forward. Whereas Australia and New Zealand are doing quite the opposite."

The President of the Fiji Council of New Zealand, Alton Shameem.