13 Aug 2013

NZ representative to Fiji in queue behind Australia

7:04 am on 13 August 2013

The New Zealand Foreign Minister says his country's High Commissioner to Fiji will only be appointed once Australia's representative is accepted.

Murray McCully says there was an agreement last year between the countries to exchange high commissioners, after Australia's and New Zealand's representatives were expelled for what Fiji called interfering with domestic issues.

Mr McCully says it's Fiji's call when the new high commissioner would be accepted, and his counterpart Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said last week there would be no exchange until after the election in September 2014.

Mr McCully says it doesn't make much practical difference as there is a functioning mission in Fiji.

"We had agreed that we would see an exchange of High Commissioners in the early part of this year. For a variety of reasons, the Fijian government has decided they don't want to process with that arrangement. The fact of the matter is the Australian appointment has been held up and ours is in the queue behind it. I hope that we'll be able to get back to a more regular style of representation sometime soon."

New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully.