Posts Tagged ‘NZ Aid’

NZ favours Pacific neighbours in substantial increase in climate change aid

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

The New Zealand Government says it will quadruple overseas aid to help poorer countries deal with climate change. The allocation has been increased to $1.3 billion. The Government says the increase in overseas aid means that New Zealand will now be paying its fair share towards global climate funding. It is part of a global Read more

New Zealand aid to Pacific unveiled at Forum

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

At the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru, New Zealand announced aid packages to assist Pacific Island Nations. Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern announced a $9 million package to make it easier for Pacific students to access education. Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced $10 million over three years to enhance free-to-air Pasifika TV service. Education “This initiative will Read more

Samoans could help with Christchurch rebuild

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Samoans could be brought into Christchurch to aid the city’s rebuild following top-level talks between the Samoan and New Zealand Prime Ministers. At a press conference on Thursday New Zealand Prime Minster, John Key, said he and Samoan Prime minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi had discussed the possibility of expanding the existing Recognised Seasonal Employer Read more

Millions in NZ aid to Pacific spent on Air NZ flights

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

For the past two financial years millions in NZ aid to Pacific has been spent on Air NZ flights.  The Cook Islands has spent half the $3 million of New Zealand aid money it receives for tourism annually on its underwrite arrangement with Air New Zealand.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says a total of $3.8 million in aid money went towards the Samoan and Tongan Governments’ providing a temporary underwrite to the airline between 2009 and 2011.

The director of Victoria University’s Development Studies programme, John Overton, said aid development could be better spent. “I’m definitely uneasy about New Zealand Aid money being used to subsidize in effect the commercial operations of a New Zealand company in this case Air New Zealand, which would seem to be counter to any of the stated objectives of the New Zealand Aid programme either now or especially in the past.”

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Kiwis help with small loans for Burma’s poorest

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Burma is one of the most tightly-controlled countries in the world. Although elections last year replaced the military regime with a civilian one, the country still regularly ranks among the worst for human rights and corruption. Despite this, a group of New Zealanders has set up a successful microfinance charity providing small loans to the Read more

In a hard year Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partnerships maintained

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Most Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partnerships were maintained  in 2010 , despite a difficult financial year. The Catholic aid and development agency, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand  released its Annual Report this week. Director Mike Smith said it was extremely gratifying to have strong donor support during a recession, and in a year where government funding Read more