The National Party says Chelsea Manning should not be allowed in New Zealand
National's immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse wants the government to bar Manning from visiting next month.
However many people from around the country say they support Manning's right to come to New Zealand and speak.
The US whistleblower is set to talk about her time in prison, privacy, transgender issues and Wikileaks.
Manning was found guilty of espionage and theft and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama and she was released from prison in May 2017.
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