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


NZ seeks international solution to Tampa crisis

31 August 2001 Media Statement

NZ seeks international solution to Tampa crisis

Prime Minister Helen Clark confirmed today that Australia yesterday asked whether New Zealand was prepared to be part of the resolution of the crisis caused by the asylum seekers aboard the Norwegian vessel, the Tampa.

The Australian Foreign Minister yesterday spoke to the New Zealand High Commissioner in Canberra to see whether New Zealand was prepared to assist in resolving the crisis.

Helen Clark also confirmed that overnight the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva had approached New Zealand's Permanent Mission in Geneva to see if New Zealand was prepared to be part of an international solution.

The Prime Minister said that the government welcomed the internationalisation of the problem.

"New Zealand is examining whether it can be part of an international solution.

"I stress that New Zealand wants to ensure that there is the maximum discouragement of the practice of smuggling and trafficking people.

"It is urgent that Australia, Indonesia and international organisations reach an agreement about how to deal with intending asylum seekers who reach Indonesia," Helen Clark said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news