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No questions for Fiji's Frank Bainimarama

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/10/2016

The New Zealand media won't be taking on Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama when he visits Auckland later this week - they won't get the chance.

Mr Bainimarama will be on his first official visit since he gained power through the 2006 coup, and he'll be holding formal talks with Prime Minister John Key at Government House in Auckland on Saturday.

The two leaders will front up to the media after their meeting but all they will do is make statements, with no questions allowed.

Mr Key will later hold a separate media meeting when he'll answer questions.

He says the no questions rule was set by the Fijians.

"We always check with people how they want arrangements to run, and the request of the Fijian side was that there were no questions," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"I will be doing a standup to answer your questions but when leaders come here some are prepared to answer questions and some aren't.

"When we go to other countries it's not unusual when there are formal statements and no questions."

After their meeting, Mr Key and Mr Bainimarama will go to Eden Park together to watch the Bledisloe Cup match.

There won't be any media opportunities at Eden Park.

Despite the restored diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Fiji, the government still has concerns about press freedom and other issues.

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