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Source: Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

This morning the following Open Letter was sent to the caretaker Prime Minister and incoming Prime Minister from a broad range of respected community organisations and individuals (collected over the last couple of days) calling for New Zealand to take a strong stand appealing for a ceasefire in the Gaza/Israel war and for Palestinians in Gaza to come under United Nations protection.

These people represent the large majority of New Zealanders who want effective government action now to stop the violence and killing.

John Minto
National Chair
Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa

Open letter to New Zealand political leaders to call for a ceasefire in Gaza

26 October 2023

Chris Hipkins
Caretaker Prime Minister 

Christopher Luxon
Prime Minister elect

Kia ora kōrua,

Appeal for New Zealand to call for a ceasefire in Gaza now

We, the undersigned individuals and organisations, appeal to the New Zealand government to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza/Israel war.

We realise there is a transition between governments occurring, but the people of Gaza can’t wait for the help they need.

The situation in Gaza is extremely grave, as approximately 2.3 million Palestinians are facing severe shortages of water, food, electricity, medicine, and essential healthcare services. This crisis has been exacerbated by relentless Israeli attacks that have persisted for more than two weeks and are now intensifying.

The death toll for Palestinians in Gaza is now over 4,000 with more than 1,750 children among the dead.

How many more children should die before we call for a ceasefire and the placing of Palestinian civilians of Gaza under United Nations protection?

Please do not reply to this letter making the excuse we have a caretaker government whose hands are tied or that the incoming government has no authority to act.

On behalf of the Palestinian people of Gaza, and the huge majority of New Zealanders who care, please act together – today!

Ngā mihi ki a kōrua.




Description (for identification purposes only)

John Minto

National Chair, PSNA

Ahmed Saadeh

Convenor, PACC

Julie Webb-Pullman

Formerly living in Gaza and working for the Gaza Centre for Human Rights

Bishop Philip Richardson

Anglican Bishop of Waikato and Taranaki

Robyn Malcolm


Reb Fountain


Tom Scott


Dianne Swan


Claire Chitham


Yani Johanson

Christchurch City Councillor

Samuel F Scott

The Phoenix Foundation

Anjum Rahman

(Islamic Women’s Council)

Suzanne Loughlin

Womens International League for Peace and Freedom Aotearoa

Tyla Harrison-Hunt

Christchurch City Councillor

Lani Kereopa

Māori Ward Council rep Rotorua Lakes Council

Tyrone Fields

Christchurch City Councillor

Greg Byrnes

ECAN Councillor

Margaret Mutu

Professor of Māori Studies, University of Auckland

Nikau Wi Neera

Wellington City Councillor

Sophie McInnes

Selwyn District Council

Sam Mahon


Alison Erikson


Natalia Sheppard


Garry Moore

Ex Mayor of Christchurch

Bella Kalolo-Suraj


Hilda Halkyard-Harawira

Far North District Council Councillor

Richard Wagstaff

President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Melissa Ansell-Bridges

National Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Tom Hulena

Masterton District Councillor

Liz Gordon

Ex Alliance MP

Ian Powell

Political Commentator

Roger Fowler

Kia Ora Gaza

Susan St John


Bali Haque


Pat Handcock

Palmerston North City Councillor

Hone Harawira

Te Kawariki

Teri O’Neill

Wellington City Councillor

Steve Abel

Green Party MP

Alan Taylor


Dr Jane Kelsey

Former law professor at University of Auckland

Geoff Bertram


Andy Watson


Mike Keir

Waikato District Council Councillor

Cody Tucker

Queenstown Lakes District Councillor

Brent Barrett

Palmerston North City Councillor

Kate Kennedy

Grey District Councillor

Rachel Sanson

Nelson City Council

Pera Paniora

Kaipara District Councillor

Kaye McAuley

South Wairarapa District Councillor

Celeste Donovan

Christchurch City Councillor

Steve Walker

Dunedin City Councillor

Nandor Tanczos

Whakatane District Councillor

Elliot Weir

Otago Regional Council

John Sullivan


Rae Julian


Annette Sykes

Lawyer and Māori activist

Valerie Morse

Peace Action Wellington

Marty Robinson

Northland Regional Council

John Watson

Auckland City Councillor

Benjamin Preston


Nureddin Abdurahman

Wellington City Councillor

Robert Reid

President First Union

Frances Joychild KC

Human rights lawyer

Jen Olsen

Extinction Rebellion

Marie Laufiso

Dunedin City Councillor

Maxine Boag

Napier City Councillor