Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters promises he is pursuing “all options” to get New Zealand nationals back here quickly and safely.

Noumea descended into chaos on Monday, with armed clashes between indigenous Kanak pro-independence protesters and security forces.

They were sparked by anger at a proposed new law that would allow French residents who have lived there for more than 10 years to vote – which some say will weaken the Kanak vote. […]

There are currently 231 Kiwis listed as being in New Caledonia. […]

“New Zealanders stranded in New Caledonia, who have faced a very difficult last few days, should rest assured that all options are on the table, including assisted departures using NZDF aircraft.”

NZ Herald

Meanwhile, citizen journalist Linda Sutton captured footage of protestors outside of Inflection Point’s summit, Unsilenced, in Wellington, where excrement was flung across the entrance and at security.

Later in the day, Ms Sutton was ‘trespassed’ for her “safety”, apparently by the council.

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