Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Te Kaha to Solomons

The New Zealand frigate Te Kaha will be deployed to the Solomon Islands to serve as a venue for peace talks, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today.

"The Solomon Islands government has asked for a secure, neutral venue for initial peace talks and this is a tangible way New Zealand can help," Helen Clark and Phil Goff said.

"New Zealand's positive response to this request is in line with the government's strong belief that keeping the peace in our region and internationally must be a top priority for the New Zealand Defence Force.

"As the government's defence policy framework stated, this role extends beyond the provision of military support. It also includes assisting peace processes through diplomacy and mediation.

"The Te Kaha is expected to arrive in the Solomons in 10 days time and will stay for at least two weeks.

"The situation in the Solomons remains volatile. According to the latest information we have received the ceasefire between the fighting groups in the Solomons is fragile.

"A breach of the ceasefire on 8 August which resulted in the death of a Malaita Eagle force member has increased the challenges faced by the local Ceasefire Monitoring Council.

"Talks leading to the ceasefire took place on the Australian vessel Tobruk. There is an opportunity now to build on that momentum and to help work towards a lasting solution to this conflict," Helen Clark and Phil Goff said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels