A New Zealand opposition MP and former Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand will in future rue the stance taken by the current government over Fiji.
The New Zealand government says the constitution is a positive step towards elections but Mr Peters says experienced diplomats seem not to have had any contribution to that stance.
He says it represents a change to a unified position on Fiji and he has not been told enough about why the government is acting the way it is.
"Constitutional experts have been less than fulsome in their praise of it and the remaining political entities in Fiji have disowned it. I would have thought that was cause for great caution by the New Zealand government."
Mr Peters has raised questions in the New Zealand parliament about New Zealand government links with the Fiji regime.