30 Jun 2016

NZ always reviewing security - PM

1:19 pm on 30 June 2016

New Zealand is continuing to review security arrangements after this week's terrorist attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport, says Prime Minister John Key.

The attack killed 41 people, but no New Zealanders were caught up in the violence.

police and security staff near Parliament.

Parliament was in lockdown on Budget Day last month after a suspicious vehicle was driven onto its forecourt. Photo: RNZ / Maja Burry

John Key says this country is much safer than Turkey but the Government can never take for granted the risk of a terrorist attack happening here.

14062016 Photo: RNZ/Rebekah Parsons-King. John Key talks about the effects of the Orlando shooting.

John Key (file) Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

"We are always looking at how we might want to change security," Mr Key told RNZ.

Security changes were taking place in Parliament as a result of what happened on Budget Day, he said.

"So we do talk to authorities, for instance, at airports and we do look at that situation."

Mr Key said given Turkey's situation he was not completely surprised by the attack.

He said the Government's travel advisory for Turkey was high, meaning New Zealanders should only travel there if necessary.

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