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During bilateral talks between Niue and New Zealand in early October, the New Zealand delegation was invited to attend the official opening of the Hakupu-Liku road, with New Zealand's High Commissioner to Niue, Mark Blumsky ‘cutting the ribbon’ as part of the ceremony.
A plan to transform the World Bank from a ‘knowledge bank’ to a ‘solutions bank’ was the main message from the World Bank/IMF Annual meetings held in Tokyo in October. In his opening address,the Bank's new President Dr Jim Yong Kim said the World Bank needed to stay relevant in the changing global landscape; and this would require a set of actions he would personally oversee.
At the request of the Government of Papua New Guinea, officials from Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Zealand are carrying out a peer review in Port Moresby. PNG is the eighth country to be a part of the Forum Compact peer review process, following similar reviews in Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Niue, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Tonga.
A solar electricity company from Mount Maunganui, PowerSmart, has taken out the award for innovation in Clean-tech and Sustainability at the 2012 NZ Innovators Awards for their work on the New Zealand Aid Programme sponsored Tokelau Renewable Energy Project (TREP).
Sumi Subramaniam, Director of Family Planning International, recently made a presentation to staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about outcomes of the first comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of meeting unmet needs for family planning in the Pacific.
New Zealand’s efforts to provide greater transparency about our aid have been recognised in a recent international assessment of aid transparency.