Angry Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama slices & dices NZ media, as John Key looks on

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has delivered a stinging attack on "hostile" New Zealand media.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama speaks at a welcoming ceremony for New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in Suva. Source: Andrea Vance/ONE News

The Prime Minister says he wants to speak with Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama about removing the prohibition on Kiwi journalists for 'historic events'. Source: 1 NEWS

The criticism was levelled in a pre-dinner speech at a state banquet held for Prime Minister John Key in Suva.

He turned his fire on the travelling New Zealand press pack, standing less than three feet away.

In a defiant signal that he won't be lifting a blacklist of international journalists, he said he won't allow the "wilful propagation of false information."

"We have moved on, but it would appear the New Zealand media has not."

He accused "certain journalists" of "dispensing with the facts if they get in the way of the politically weighted narrative that they want to tell" and making up "some twisted concoction."

He added: "We are saying to the news organisations that employ them: send someone else."

The fiery comments come at an awkward moment. Mr Key had earlier told reporters he was going to raise a ban on New Zealand reporters - including One News Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver - at the dinner.

In reply, Mr Key kept his remarks short and diplomatic, saying he noted Bainimarama's comments, but said New Zealand holds democracy dear.

He's the first leader to visit since Helen Clark in 2006, as the two countries look to restore friendly relations.