September 21, 2023
Peters slams Mahuta last hurrah
Former foreign affairs minister Winston Peters says current minister Nanaia Mahuta shouldn’t be working in the portfolio so close to the election.
Ms Mahuta is in New York to represent New Zealand at the 2023 Climate Ambition Summit convened by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, attend a meeting of Commonwealth foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, and sign the Oceans Biodiversity Treaty on behalf of New Zealand.
On Saturday she will give New Zealand’s national statement at the General Assembly and have bilateral meetings with world leaders before traveling to Washington for meetings on Pacific regional issues and US engagement in the Pacific.
Mr Peters says New Zealand has two years to sign the biodiversity treaty.
“So why is she signing us up now only 11 days before the first early voting in this country? It’s contempt for democracy, it’s not what you do and why has she not traveled the rest of the Pacific trying to keep us combined and coordinated with them but at the last moment all the way to New York and Washington – is the is the last hurrah or what?” he says.