THE fear of being isolated by Australia has led the New Zealand Government to move towards easing sanctions against Fiji, says New Zealand's Labour foreign affairs spokesperson, Phil Goff.
And New Zealand's Green Party foreign affairs spokesperson Kennedy Graham also says the government is moving too quickly to ease sanctions on Fiji, reported Radio New Zealand.
This relaxation of sanctions follows a signal from the Tony Abbott government that it would look at changing its stance on Fiji.
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said New Zealand made its own foreign policy decisions, but he conceded that there had been a trans-Tasman disconnect on Fiji.
It reported that Australia had not imposed sanctions against sports teams, and Mr McCully says that New Zealand will loosen its rules in this area.
"There have been trans-Tasman discussions about how other sanctions can be better aligned to recognise Fiji's progress towards free and fair elections," he said.
Mr Goff said Fiji had not yet delivered free and fair elections and the New Zealand Government needed to send a clear message to the Fijian Government that if it goes back on its promises there would be consequences.