20 May 2009

NZ sport sanctions against Fiji eased, says PM

8:21 pm on 20 May 2009

The Government has eased sporting sanctions against Fiji, that were put in place shortly after Commodore Frank Bainimarama staged a coup in late 2006, Prime Minister John Key says.

Military staff, members of the new Fijian government and their families were all banned from travelling to New Zealand.

A travel ban was also put on Fijian seasonal workers and some sports teams.

Mr Key said the position on those taking part in sports has been eased.

"New Zealand has been effectively softening its sanctions in relation to sporting ties and the travel of sports teams." Mr Key said on Tuesday.

"For all intents and purposes since we've been the Government we've been signing off on sports teams either transiting ... through New Zealand or coming to engage in sports activities here."