23 Jul 2012

NZ gives $2m towards Fiji election

8:00 pm on 23 July 2012

New Zealand is providing 2 million dollars in support of Fiji's elections planned for 2014.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully met with his Fiji counterpart Ratu Inoke Kubuabola in Suva at the weekend.

He says New Zealand wants to see a genuine and inclusive constitutional process in Fiji that leads to a sustainable and stable form of government.

Mr McCully confirmed the biggest share of the support will go towards the Constitution Commission, which will receive $500,000 for its work consulting on the new constitution.

There will also be support for voter education and ongoing help with voter registration.

Last week the commission had strong criticism for continued restrictions on freedoms in Fiji seen to be hampering the process on debate in the country.

Mr McCully says New Zealand is watching the situation closely but he is satisfied things are running to timetable.

He says it is not yet time for a return to normal on the diplomatic front and that is a matter for New Zealand and Australia to decide together.