13 Jul 2016

Roland Kun plans to be vocal about Nauru

7:06 pm on 13 July 2016

Former Nauru opposition MP Roland Kun says he won't stop speaking out about matters affecting his country now that he is in New Zealand.

13072016 Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King. Former Nauru opposition MP Roland Kun has left Nauru and arrived in New Zealand after being issued with a New Zealand passport. Pictured with Hana Kun (8 years old) L and Yoshi Kun (6 years old) R.

Roland Kun has been reunited with his children in New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Mr Kun has made his first public comments since arriving in Wellington on Monday on a New Zealand passport, which was issued on humanitarian grounds.

The Nauruan government confiscated his passport a year ago, and accused him of taking part in protests on the island and speaking out against it in the international media, suspending him from the parliament but not laying any charges.

Mr Kun had been keeping a low profile in Nauru since efforts got under way to get him a New Zealand passport, and he didn't stand for election in the weekend's polls.

"I don't intend on not having an opinion or keeping my opinions to myself, especially in terms of governance and what government is doing.

"I'm going to be vocal and I'm going to continue to have an opinion on what these guys are doing."

Mr Kun said his focus was on his family, including his three children, who he had not seen for a year.

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