September 2012 Development stories

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Celebrating the Eye Health Heroes of the Pacific

Two of the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ’s best ophthalmologists have been recognised as Eye Health Heroes by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), an alliance of 117 organisations leading global efforts in blindness prevention.

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Converting energy talk into action

At the Pacific Islands Forum in August Foreign Affairs Minister McCully announced that New Zealand will co-host a Pacific Energy Summit in March 2013. He described it as a chance to build on momentum gained and “achieve a quantum leap forward” in implementing clean and affordable energy for Pacific nations.

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Forum commits to work on gender equality in the Pacific

The spotlight shone on gender equality issues in the Pacific when leaders came together at the annual Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga in August.

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New Zealand and China collaborate on world first in development

At the request of the Cook Islands New Zealand and China entered into a unique partnership to improve water quality in Rarotonga. The $60 million project is a ‘world first’, being the very first time China has partnered with a developed country to deliver an aid and development project.

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Vakameasina: a Samoan tutor’s perspective

Clark Tuagalu (Regional Director and Tutor, Bay of Plenty), kindly shared this story with the New Zealand Aid Programme. Clark has been involved in the Vakameasina Programme since 2009.

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Building resilience to disaster and climate risks in South Vietnam

New Zealand is contributing NZ$5 million to a disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation project in the southern province of Ben Tre, Vietnam.

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New Zealand and Australian High Commissions support intern pilot in Delhi

The New Zealand and Australian High Commissions in India have been supporting a pliot internship programme that gives young people from Delhi’s slum communities some formal work experience.

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