18 Dec 2012

NZ to reinstate High Commissioner to Fiji

6:05 am on 18 December 2012

New Zealand expects to re-instate its High Commissioner to Fiji by early next year, ending a five-year diplomatic standoff.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said the move recognises the progress Fiji is making towards democracy.

Fiji's military leader, Frank Bainimarama expelled the New Zealand and Australian High Commissioners in the wake of his military coup in 2006, sparking tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats.

Australia last week announcement the appointment of a new high commissioner also.

Mr McCully said New Zealand will make its own announcement very soon and the new High Commissioner should be at work in Suva early next year.