THE New Zealand Government wants to see Fiji's election machinery supported in every way to help the island nation "cross that line".
NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, who is in Majuro for the 44th Pacific Islands Forum, said the release of the 2013 Constitution was part of a practical progress towards election.
In an interview with Radio New Zealand's international correspondent Giff Johnson and carried by Pacnews, Mr McCully said: "Let's be fair. There is a steady stream now of activities that are all consistent with elections being held in 2014 as the Fijian administration has said they would be."
"I think we did see in the latter part of 2012 some steps in a backwards direction that we expressed concerns about at the time, but since then, we've seen quite a lot of progress, seen four political parties registered to contest the elections, we've seen very practical progress being made."
Asked on NZ's position on broad pardons provided in the Constitution, Mr McCully said this was Fiji's Constitution and he was not going to get involved in providing a running commentary on it.
He said there were still some aspects of the Constitution they hoped would be discussed further and looked at more carefully.
"But we want to look positively at what's going on there. Progress is being made towards the machinery for elections and the ground rules for elections in the form of the Constitution, and we want to support that process in every way we can.
"I think the solution here is the holding of elections and we need to focus firmly on helping them get across that line. I think there'll be some issues in the Constitution debate that we hope will attract further attention there, but overall we want to try and see the machinery for elections put in place.
"We want the elections to be free and fair. And to the extent that there are finetuning issues to be dealt with going forward, there'll be some time to do that."