Kiribati

New Zealand Aid Programme allocated funding

New Zealand Aid Programme transparency

Development results

  • Between 1984 and 2012 I-Kiribati seafarers trained at the Marine Training Centre in Tarawa brought in an estimated net $84 million in foreign exchange. New Zealand has supported the Marine Training Centre since the 1970s and is currently funding construction of buildings to house a new fisheries training department.
  • The rehabilitation of the Cassidy Airport runway has secured the air link between Kiritimati Island and the rest of the world and opened the possibility of raising income from tourism and other commercial activity.
  • A waste management system has been set in place in Tarawa, including a weekly collection of mostly non-organic waste, rehabilitation of three landfills, recycling of plastic bottles (two million recycled by December 2013), and collection of scrap metal and electronic waste.  A similar system is being implemented on Kiritimati Island.
  • Approximately 1.3 million litres of rainwater storage has been made available to people around South Tarawa and Kiritimati Island. Clean drinking water is resulting in fewer children suffering from water-borne diseases. A new water system installed at the maternity ward of Betio Hospital (Tarawa) will provide new babies and mothers with clean and safe drinking water.
  • Between 2012 and 2013, 15 I-Kiribati students completed tertiary qualifications with support from New Zealand Aid Programme scholarships. All then secured employment in their academic area. Seven I-Kiribati civil servants also received in-service training awards in New Zealand.

Budget 2014

  • Total aid flow $26.5 million
  • Bilateral $15.7 million
  • Scholarships/other $10.8 million 

New Zealand commitment in Kiribati

New Zealand’s development assistance is guided by Kiribati’s 2012-2015 Development Plan and the draft New Zealand – Kiribati Joint Commitment for Development (PDF, 979kb), which was signed in April 2014.

Focus areas include:

  • Public financial management: to ensure effective and efficient use of resources
  • Private sector: to generate wealth through productive livelihoods
  • Energy and transport: to enable business to flourish and serve the population
  • Fisheries: to maximise sustainable returns from this resource
  • Health: to improve quality of life and reduce the burden from high population growth and preventable disease
  • Urban environment: to improve health and quality of life in urban areas 

Our priorities include:

  • Joining other donors in providing general budget support to the Government of Kiribati, in response to GoK’s efforts to reform the public sector and public financial management, including state-owned enterprises
  • Facilitating private sector development through investments in energy and transport infrastructure and support for fisheries policy, management and training
  • Helping Kiribati respond to long-term population growth and health challenges
  • Delivering new phases of support for urban water and sanitation in South Tarawa 

Major activities:

  • New Zealand-funded improvements to the collection and management of solid waste over 2011-2013 have resulted in a healthier physical environment in South Tarawa
  • The resealing of the Cassidy airport runway in 2012 has enabled Kiritimati Island to continue to receive international flights that are important for the Northern Line Islands’ economy and the population’s links with western Kiribati and elsewhere.
  • The Healthy Families initiative has led to improved sexual and reproductive health in South Tarawa and development of a Kiribati Population Policy covering 2014-2034

Development stories

Local government staff sharing expertise in the Pacific
US-NZ Partnership to improve Waste Management in Kiribati

Related links

IATI data
Recent evaluations
Kiribati country page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website