The diplomatic row between Fiji and NZ got personal with reporter Barbara Dreaver's expulsion from Fiji. Here's her exclusive story.
ONE News journalists tread a well worn a path to Fiji's door but this time it was slammed in Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver's face.
Dreaver was expelled from Fiji at the same time as the government in Suva is considering giving New Zealand's top diplomat there the boot as well.
Fiji's interim leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama sent a terse message to Wellington last week, saying if a visa was not granted to the son of a senior official in Suva, New Zealand's acting high commissioner Caroline McDonald would be expelled.
As Pacific Correspondent Dreaver went to cover the story but her journey was over before it even begun.
She was told she was being taken to a detention centre for the night and would be put on the first flight out on Tuesday.
First though, she faced a long lonely night behind a high security fence. She was allowed to keep her cellphone but there was no water to drink in the sweltering darkness.
"It's been quite a tough night, an anxious night. But I was treated really well. It was a detention centre surrounded by barbed wire and so forth but we were locked in," she said on Tuesday morning.
Reunited with her crew back at the airport on Tuesday morning, there was news she had been blacklisted by Fijian authorities.
"All I know is that I was put on a watchlist in July," she says.
Initially it was unclear why.
Fiji has been the source of many stories over a very long time, Dreaver explains.
But the Fiji government has revealed it was a story back in April that landed Dreaver on the wrong side of the military.
Fiji's rulers are furious their lack of action towards a poverty stricken village was exposed for the world to see.
Dreaver reported in the story that when a mine shut down around 1,700 people lost their jobs and it affected the entire town of Vitai Cola. She reported that the village school's coffers were empty and so were the children's stomachs.
It was for this report that she was forced to leave Fiji, the fourth New Zealand journalist to be expelled in Fiji's turbulent times, and uncomfortably now the focus of a story, not the eyewitness to it.
"It's not about fairness, it's about a military government and how they want to run their country," she said on arrival at Auckland Airport.
"But that won't stop me from asking questions from afar."
And the deportation of Dreaver has been condemned by the New Zealand government which is still trying to negotiate a solution to the stand-off with Fiji's military regime.
Prime Minister John Key says the treatment of Dreaver is "unacceptable".
Key told ONE News that Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade officials went to the detention centre to try and see Barbara but access was denied.
"That is totally unacceptable and we will be taking that matter up with the Fijian authorities," he says.
In Fiji, the military-led government is remaining quiet on the escalating diplomatic stoush.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has been holding talks by phone on Tuesday afternoon with Bainimarama.