January - March 2011

International Development Policy Statement

The New Zealand government has released its new International Development Policy Statement (PDF, 600KB) that will guide the delivery of New Zealand’s aid and development assistance, engagements on international development issues, and carefully target New Zealand’s efforts to where we can make a difference.

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Second round of development funding

Applications are now being invited for the second round of the Government’s Sustainable Development Fund. The Sustainable Development Fund is a contestable fund for New Zealand based non-government organisations (NGOs) carrying out international development work overseas.

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NGO's collaborate in Christchurch recovery

A number of New Zealand based international development non government organisations (NGOs) have been part of the ongoing response and recovery effort following the Christchurch quake.

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Improvements to Tonga power supply

On 25 March New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga, Dr Jonathan Austin, announced that New Zealand will work with Tonga Power to carry out a major upgrade of the Tonga Village Network on Tongatap.

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2010 review of New Zealand aid

The OECD released its Peer Review of the New Zealand Aid Programme in December last year.

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Humanitarian Response Index

Late last year the Humanitarian Response Index 2010 was launched publicly. New Zealand is ranked third out of 20 Good Humanitarian Donors and is ranked in Group 1 (i.e consistently above average).

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Donating 110,000 books to Tongan children

The workbooks support an updated curriculum for primary school students in Tonga and cover English, Maths, Science and Tongan. The rollout includes updated syllabi and teacher guides, as well as resource and reading materials.

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Tsunami maps for Samoa

Scientists from New Zealand have started a year-long project to develop tsunami evacuation maps for Samoa.

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Support for maritime training in Kiribati

New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Kiribati, Robert Kaiwai, signed a new funding arrangement to support a programme of institutional strengthening at the Maritime Training Centre in late January.

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Pacific fisheries trainees in New Zealand

Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully and Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Phil Heatley have welcomed 18 Pacific trainees to New Zealand to take part in a programme aimed at giving them the skills and knowledge to develop sustainable and profitable fishing operations in the Pacific.

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Aid to Tonga following Cyclone Wilma

New Zealand will help the Tonga Red Cross replenish their stocks of emergency supplies following Cyclone Wilma.

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