New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced the designation of Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist entity.

“The terrorist attacks by Hamas in October 2023 were brutal and we have unequivocally condemned them,” Mr Luxon says.

Following these attacks, then Prime Minister Chris Hipkins commissioned advice from officials about designating the entirety of Hamas – which has now been received.

Mr Peters says New Zealand has designated the military wing of Hamas as a terrorist entity since 2010.

“But what happened on 7 October reinforces we can no longer distinguish between the military and political wings of Hamas. The organisation as a whole bears responsibility for these horrific terrorist attacks.”

A designation under New Zealand legislation freezes any assets of the terrorist entity in New Zealand. It also makes it a criminal offence to carry out property or financial transactions with them or provide material support.

“New Zealand wants to be clear that the designation of Hamas is about the actions of an offshore terrorist entity and is not a reflection on the Palestinian people in Gaza and around the world,” Mr Luxon says.