29 Jan 2015

NZ and Fiji to resume military contact

12:21 pm on 29 January 2015

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will resume co-operating with Fiji's military forces this weekend after more than eight years.

NZ Airforce Orion arrives back in Whenuapai after weeks spent searching for the missing Malaysian airliner

An Air Force Orion will be sent to Fiji's exclusive economic zone on Saturday. Photo: RNZ / Kate Newton

Cabinet has decided to lift all remaining restrictions on Fiji following its general election in September.

An Air Force Orion will patrol Fiji's exclusive economic zone on Saturday to mark the occasion.

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said the flight would be the first significant military contact between both countries since December 2006.

He said the NZDF would rebuild engagement with its Fijian counterparts.

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