30 Aug 2012

New Zealand maintains support for France on French Polynesian decolonisation

2:59 pm on 30 August 2012

The New Zealand prime minister, John Key, says his country will not change its stance on French Polynesia's push to be re-included on the United Nations on the United Nations decolonisation list.

France refuses to allow the move and is supported by Australia and New Zealand.

But the President of French Polynesia, Oscar Temaru, says he has backing from island countries in the Pacific and New Zealand and Australia should at least abstain from the debate.

But Mr Key says it is an isssue for French Polynesia to resolve with Paris.

"In the end this about an issue of sovereign and territorial rights and it makes sense for the relevant parties to have that discussion. In the end the people of Tahiti want to separate and go on their own, that is an issue that they need to resolve."