'Frank by name, and frank by nature' - Bainimarama 'delighted' to be welcomed to NZ for the first time


"I'm Frank by name and frank by nature" - that's the message from Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama on his first official visit in New Zealand.

He says he's "delighted" to be properly welcomed to New Zealand for the first time.

Prime Minister John Key says he will be discussing "mutual issues of interest" with Frank Bainimarama.
Source: 1 NEWS

He has lifted the ban for foreign journalists, including 1 NEWS Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver, and says they are now "welcome, most welcome".

Journalists will need sign off from the Fijian Government to be able to report in Fiji.

The Fijian Prime Minister says reporting by New Zealand journalists was "unrelentingly negative and unbalanced", particularly over John Key's visit to Fiji earlier this year.

He says reports he gave Mr Key a "hard time" are "incorrect".

"I'm Frank by name and frank by nature," he said.

Mr Bainimarama has a long-held grudge against New Zealand over the way he was treated when he took control of Fiji in a military coup.

He will have an official state function at Government House on Saturday and will attend New Zealand's rugby Test against Australia at Eden Park with Mr Key.

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