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Amanda Ellis, Deputy Secretary International Development Group, was presented the International Alliance for Women’s (TIAW) World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual Global Forum in Washington DC in October.
In October the Head of the New Zealand Aid Programme, Amanda Ellis and CEO of Meridian Energy, Tim Lusk, signed a contract for the construction of a 1 Mega Watt photovoltaic solar plant in Tonga.
Tourism is a key driver of economic growth in the Pacific. New Zealand is developing and implementing a number of new bilateral, multi-country and public-private sector initiatives to support growth in the sector. The most recent of these is a partnership with cruise ship operator, Carnival Australia.
New Zealand supports Pacific-wide initiatives to make the most of the economic potential of fisheries in the region, while strengthening and coordinating sustainable management of marine resources.
On 8 October a RNZAF Hercules left New Zealand carrying supplies and personnel to Pago Pago, American Samoa. The supplies included 12 large military water storage containers.
Since early October New Zealand has been helping Tuvalu respond to critical water shortages. Following the declaration of a state of emergency by the Government of Tuvalu, New Zealand flew New Zealand Red Cross staff and supplies into Funafuti.
The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness will take place in Busan, South Korea, in November.
In January 2011, the New Zealand Aid programme funded the pilot project, “Supporting Fairtrade Business in PNG and the Pacific”, led by Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand (Fairtrade ANZ).