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Partner assured former TVNZ reporter detained by Israeli authorities is unharmed

The partner of a former TVNZ reporter who has been detained by the Israeli military while trying to enter Gaza says she is unharmed.

A ship carrying a Maori TV news crew is aboard a ship which will attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Palestine.

Ruwani Perera and a cameraman were detained when the Israeli navy boarded a ship they were on observing an attempt to take supplies to Palestinian territories.

Now a senior journalist with Maori Television's Native Affairs programme, Ms Perera and camera operator Jacob Bryant were aboard the 'Freedom Flotilla III'.

In a text message to ONE News this evening, Ms Perera's partner Tim Werry says she "hasn't been harmed".

The crew aboard the Marianne of Gothenburg are hoping to break past Israel's exclusion zone on Gaza and reach the Gaza Strip. The ships are reportedly carrying solar panels, medical supplies and other aid items.

Native Affairs presenter Mihingarangi Forbes has tweeted that they understand Ruwani Perera and Jake Bryant who are observing on the Freedom Flotilla have been detained.

We understand reporter Ruwani Perera and Jake Bryant who are observing on #freedomflotilla have bn detained, on way 2 Israel #nativeaffairs

— Mihingarangi Forbes (@Mihi_Forbes) June 29, 2015

Ruwani Perera was a journalist with ONE News and Fair Go before moving to Maori Television several years ago.

New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it's aware of reports the Israeli Defence Force has intercepted the Freedom Flotilla which was heading towards Gaza.

MFAT has confirmed two New Zealand journalists are on the intercepted vessel, the Marianne, and says the ministry is monitoring the situation.

A spokesperson says the ministry advised the reporters to heed the travel advisory, which advises against all travel to Gaza, and not attempt to break the blockade.

Participants in previous flotillas trying to get to the Gaza Strip have been arrested, detained, deported and even killed by Israeli forces.