The man behind the People's Charter today made a fervent appeal to New Zealand and Australia to soften its stance on Fiji.
John Samy urged the two regional powers to engage with Fiji, rather than isolate it.
Samy said Fiji's economy was in tatters and that it needed the support, rather than the condemnation, of New Zealand and Australia.
"Both New Zealand and Australia have been relentlessly single-minded in vigorously pushing for a general election pushing for it to be held at the earliest so as to restore parlimentary democracy.
"In doing so, the leaders in our governments in both New Zealand and Australia have failed to realise, or they have wilfully refused to recognise, that in the specific context of Fiji, the mere convening of early general elections will not necessarily resolve the country's deep rooted fundamental problems, nor will it break the cycle of coups or rid Fiji of its coup culture."
Samy is a New Zealand citizen but has been living and working in Fiji for the interim government for the past two years.
He heads the National Council for Building a Better Fiji - and has been leading the campaign to win support for the controversial Peoples Charter.
About 40 people were at the meeting this afternoon at Victoria University in Wellington, to hear Samy and Jone Dakuvula.
Both stressed they had not been sent by the interim government of Frank Bainimarama saying they initiated the meeting themselves because of their concerns for Fiji.
Many at the meeting were New Zealand government officials, including the former high commissioner, Michael Green, who was expelled from Fiji by the interim government.
A number of concerned Fijians from the Wellington area were also at the meeting.
Several of them told Coupfourpointfive they wanted to hear what Samy and Dakuvula had to say but felt New Zealand and Australia were justified in setting limits with Fiji.
Some said the two regional powers had given Fiji several opportunities to talk while others wanted to see New Zealand engage with political parties, NGO's and pro-democracy groups rather than just the immediate military hierarchy.
Last week John Samy and Jone Dakuvula, also spoke in Australia.
Sources say there was a large protest outside the venue they spoke at, and so they deliberately gave a two day notice about their Wellington seminar, to avoid any protests.