Volunteers build a New Zealand Aid Programme supported Rotarhome. Credit: Rotary Club Fiji
- A new water storage/supply system has been installed at Labasa Hospital and the Nacavanadi Nursing Station has been constructed on the island of Gau.
- The Koroipita Rotahomes Project has been making good progress with the installation of infrastructure (road, power, water, sewer pipes, and drains) and the construction of 98 of the planned 134 houses.
- Following the floods and Tropical Cyclone Evan in 2012, New Zealand assistance delivered through local NGOs reached up to 5,000 families. Recovery assistance included repairs to houses and community water/sanitation facilities, crop rehabilitation, and the provision of medicines and medical treatment.
- The Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) public education outreach and advocacy programmes reached some 3000 people in rural communities. The FWCC also provided counselling services to over 1000 individuals.
- More than 500,000 eligible Fiji citizens have registered to vote and the Constitution consultations attracted over 7000 submissions. Technical advice was provided to Fiji to assist with the implementation of electronic voter registration and funding support was provided to the Fiji Constitution Commission to conduct nation-wide consultations.
- Bilateral $4 million
- Total aid flow $12.4 million
- Scholarships $600,000
New Zealand commitment in Fiji
New Zealand is committed to supporting the people of Fiji and maintains a development programme that helps alleviate hardship and build resilience. The New Zealand bilateral aid programme focuses on disaster risk reduction, and assisting people living in poverty, especially those in informal/squatter settlements. Significant funding has also been set aside to assist with Fiji’s preparations to conduct credible elections by September 2014.
Focus areas include:
- Informal housing: Close to 53% of Fijians now live in urban areas with over 15% living in some 200 informal/squatter settlements scattered around the country. Housing in these settlements is usually makeshift and lacks basic amenities (electricity, water and sanitation). Many of the residents are unemployed and live well below the poverty line. New Zealand funding is helping to reduce hardship and improve livelihoods and opportunities for people in these settlements.
- Disaster risk reduction and response: Fiji is regularly affected by tropical cyclones and flooding that often cause major disruptions and damage with negative impacts on the people and the economy. Tropical Cyclone Evan in 2012, for example, affected 60% of the total population and caused damage estimated at over US$108 million. New Zealand provided humanitarian assistance, built resilience, and has assisted with recovery.
- Elections: Fiji plans to hold a general election by September 2014 to return the country to an elected government. In preparation Fiji has promulgated a new Constitution, opened up the registration of political parties, and registered over 80% of eligible voters. Fiji has also sought assistance from development partners, including New Zealand. New Zealand is committed to assisting Fiji prepare well for credible elections to be held in 2014.
Our priorities include:
- Improving access to affordable housing and basic amenities for those living on the poverty line.
- Increasing disaster preparedness and building resilience to natural disaster events.
- Supporting Fiji’s return to elected governance by 2014.
- The New Zealand Aid Programme is supporting the Rotary Club of Lautoka and Habitat for Humanity to complete Koroipita II, the second stage of a fully serviced subdivision outside of Lautoka. The project provides affordable shelter and a supportive environment for poor families to benefit from a range of income generation opportunities. Current New Zealand funding ends in June 2016.
- In consultation with Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office, New Zealand has agreed to fund the construction and upgrading of the emergency evacuation centres in three rural communities (Nasau, Narata and Tubarua) on Viti Levu. New evacuation centres will be built at Nasau and Narata, while the existing centre at Tubarua will be upgraded. Work on the centres will begin in early 2014 and will take about a year to complete.
- New Zealand and Australia co-fund the important work of the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre to combat family violence in Fiji. New Zealand funds FWCC branches in Nadi, Ba, Rakiraki, and Labasa covering their outreach, advocacy and counselling programmes and staff training. The approach of working closely with government agencies (police, social welfare, and courts) has been especially effective. New Zealand’s funding since 2009 will expire in June 2015.
Habitat for Humanity's Fiji flood recovery project
New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji
Fiji page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website