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The 1 News journalist, Barbara Dreaver, was with police for nearly four hours after she visited a refugee camp while in the country covering the Pacific Islands Forum, according to TVNZ.

Ms Dreaver has been covering the pacific for nearly three decades, and is very well known in the region.

"I was taken to the police station, I have to say the police were really lovely, genuinely they were really great, I think they were just playing it by the book".

The Republic of Nauru is hosting the Pacific Island Forum.

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It also revoked her forum accreditation but denied it was restricting press freedom. "I think it probably shows things are a wee bit sensitive here, in fact a lot sensitive".

The Nauru Government released a statement not long after Ms Dreaver was released saying she was never detained rather she voluntarily accompanied them while they made further enquiries.

Ms Dreaver didn't follow procedures, acording to an official statement, which said potentially risks the safety and security of herself and others.

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"Well you know that we think that the most important right of all rights in politics is freedom of the press, that's how important we think it is". It's just as well he's not there though because Ardern seems intent on having some sort of dialogue with some of the 900 refugees on the island, 130 of them children.

National Party foreign affairs spokesman Todd McClay said Dreaver's detention had been unacceptable.

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He said this exchange was civil and the pair agreed to leave and seek written permission from the government.

Peters said he had raised the issue himself in the late 1990s, but he was ignored by New Zealand media and the larger two parties.

"This government believes in freedom of the press, throughout the world, and of course that includes the entire Pacific region", Ardern said.

Ms Ardern arrived for the last day of the 18-nation Pacific Islands Forum on Wednesday morning.

In a live cross after her release, Dreaver said she was "fine and dandy" after being released, and had been treated "extremely well" by police.

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