Posts Tagged ‘McCully’

Wellington may ease some Fiji sanctions

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

New Zealand foreign Minister Murray McCully has set out new terms under which New Zealand might relax some of its sanctions on the Fijian Government led by Commodore  Frank  Bainimarama.

McCully said that if Fiji were to request that New Zealand should exempt new civilian appointees to the cabinet or to permanent secretary’s roles coming in to replace military people currently occupying those roles, “then we’d certainly consider lifting the sanctions as far as those individuals were concerned.”

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Did Tongan Auditor General really call McCully two faced?

Friday, February 17th, 2012

A diplomatic incident standoff between Tonga and New Zealand has been bubbling away about some unaccounted for aid money. The Tongan Auditor General was the first to raise the issue in November when he discovered after the elections, that around $250,000 of the donor money could not be accounted for.  The money had been transferred from Treasury to Read more

Severe drought in the Pacific Islands

Friday, October 7th, 2011

A severe drought in the Pacific Islands has created a critical water shortage. The island groups of Tuvalu and Tokelau have declared emergencies, relying on bottled water and seeking more desalination machines. Parts of Samoa are starting to ration water. Six months of low rainfall have dried out the islands. Climate scientists say it’s part Read more