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Gerry Brownlee: Mahuta needs to be contacting people on the ground in situations like Ukraine, Solomons

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Publish Date
Wed, 25 May 2022, 7:24am
Minister Nanaia Mahuta. (Photo / File)

Gerry Brownlee: Mahuta needs to be contacting people on the ground in situations like Ukraine, Solomons

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 25 May 2022, 7:24am

A concern our Foreign Affairs Minister isn't doing her job properly.

Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has had no direct contact with the New Zealand ambassador or our embassy in Russia during the Ukraine crisis.

She says such talks are usually headed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Neither has Mahuta made contact with New Zealand diplomats in the Solomon Islands since its China pact, apart from a letter.

National Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Gerry Brownlee told Mike Hosking diplomats are stationed there for a reason. 

He says the minister needs to contact people directly on the ground in case something unusual or unexpected happens.

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