"No person with any ounce of moral courage can see this as anything but horrific."
Labour's Damien O'Connor has made an impassioned speech in the house saying Israel's actions in Gaza constitute genocide.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters called on all those involved in the conflict to urgently take steps towards establishing a ceasefire this afternoon.
But opposition pleas for a stronger statement on the conflict in Gaza, an immediate ceasefire, have gone unheeded in Parliament.
Political reporter Anneke Smith has more.