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New Zealand’s Ambassador to Lao PDR, Bede Corry, and the Lao PDR Tourism Minister, Somphong Mongkhonvilay launched a new Community Based Tourism for Sustainable Economic Development project in May.
The kids at Blackrock Preschool in Cook Islands now have a new playground and facilities, thanks to funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme Community Initiatives Scheme (CIS).
On 12 May New Zealand’s involvement in the US-led exercise Pacific Partnership concluded, following four weeks of humanitarian aid and disaster relief activities on Niuatoputapu in Tonga and Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade coordinates the New Zealand Government response to natural disasters in the Pacific, which can include the deployment of relief supplies and emergency personnel or the funding of humanitarian agencies.
A $2.2 million project will deliver improved rainwater collection systems and community water tanks in the Northern Cook Islands to help communities and local government better manage water systems and reduce risks related to droughts.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has launched an online image library. It includes photos related to the development activities of the New Zealand Aid Programme. The online image library is open the public and visitors can search for images using keywords and browse through galleries by theme, location, and event. To visit the image library, see www.mfatimages.smugmug.com. For specific queries about the image library, please email:email@example.com
David Taylor is New Zealand's Ambassador to Indonesia and to ASEAN. Read about his visit to Ujung Kulon National Park and the support the New Zealand Aid Programme and New Zealand Embassy are providing to help manage this treasure trove of biodiversity.