20 Oct 2023

Te Pāti Māori calls for Government to insist on Israel-Gaza ceasefire

From Morning Report, 7:21 am on 20 October 2023

Te Pāti Māori wants the incoming and outgoing Governments to use the country's strong international voice to insist on an urgent ceasefire between Israel and Gaza.

And they say the government should be prepared to kick the Israeli ambassador out if the fighting does not stop and humanitarian aid corridors into Gaza are not opened. 

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta declined our request for an interview, citing the constraints of the current caretaker government provisions. 

While National - which also said no to our request to speak to their foreign policy spokesperson Gerry Brownlee - referred to Christopher Luxon's statement that the government should be speaking for all New Zealanders on the situation. 

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer spoke to Corin Dann.