THE New Zealand government is dropping some of its sanctions against Fiji, saying the country is making good progress towards holding elections next year.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand is involved in planning the elections and wants to support the work that’s taking place.
Sporting sanctions are being revoked and 10 post-graduate scholarships for Fijian students are being reinstated.
The sporting sanctions never had much impact because they were waived for international events such as the rugby sevens.
Travel sanctions on key members of Fiji’s military regime will stay in place.
Sanctions were imposed in 2006 after military leader Frank Bainimarama seized power in a coup.