Papua New Guinea

New Zealand Aid Programme allocated funding

New Zealand Aid Programme transparency

Development results

  • New Zealand trained 350 Community Auxiliary Police in Bougainville, which continues to contribute to on-going reconciliation, peace and increased freedom of movement of people, goods, and services.
  • Assistance to the Bougainville Community Health Programme (BHCP) has improved access to immunisation and treatment and prevention of TB, malaria and leprosy, contributing to the improved health of 150,000 people across 484 villages in 8 districts of Bougainville.
  • 165 Papua New Guineans gained New Zealand-funded tertiary qualifications from 2009–2012.

Budget 2013

  • Bilateral $20 million
  • Total aid flow $35.8 million
  • Scholarships/other $15.9 million

New Zealand commitment in Papua New Guinea

New Zealand’s development assistance is guided by high level discussions between the PNG Government and the New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs in October 2012.

Focus areas include:

The bilateral programme is focused on Sustainable Economic Development activities with a strong commercial focus.

  • Agriculture: The agriculture produce sector in PNG has strong potential to deliver broad-based economic growth if constraints and inefficiencies in the supply chain can be overcome. Constraints include difficulty in reaching markets, lack of collaboration within the sector, insufficient infrastructure and strong competition from imports.
  • Energy: PNG has one of the lowest electrification rates in the Pacific with approximately 10% of households having access to electricity, and significant shortfalls for business requirements. The household burden of not having access to electricity impacts disproportionately on women.
  • Government institutions in Bougainville remain fragile and lack administrative capacity. The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) struggles to implement autonomy effectively and its authority does not extend to all parts of the island. Infrastructure and basic service provision is poor. Security remains an on-going challenge and a crucial precondition to economic development.
  • Scholarships & Training: PNG has a need for qualified people to lead economic development in priority sectors such as energy, fresh produce/agriculture, rural economic development and technical and vocational education training.
  • Regulatory Reform: Regulatory reforms are needed to improve the performance of the public sector and increase the competitiveness of the financial sector.

Our priorities include:

  • Increasing returns from sustainable agriculture
  • Increasing access to clean, efficient and affordable energy
  • Improving community safety, rule of law and strengthened democratic governance in Bougainville
  • Improving tertiary and skills training outcomes through scholarships and training
  • Sharing New Zealand’s expertise in public sector and regulatory reform

Major activities:

  • Agriculture: New Zealand is supporting the fresh produce sector to improve the quality, quantity and availability of domestic fresh produce through a public-private agri-business initiative with leading PNG industry representatives. The initiative aims to address principal constraints in the produce value chain including the lack of sector coordination, poor connectivity with market realities, and the lack of food safety standards.
  • Energy: New Zealand's support to PNG’s energy sector is improving energy access for 4500 rural households/businesses along transmission corridors (Divune Hydropower, Ramazon Hydropower, and Kimbe-Bialia Transmission line), and strengthening PNG’s Geothermal policy and regulatory environment through the provision of technical assistance to PNG’s Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management and the Mineral Resource Authority.
  • New Zealand is strengthening the capacity of Bougainville’s Police Service to be an effective community policing agency, able to operate sustainably and work with Bougainville’s communities to respond to law and order concerns. 350 Community Auxiliary Police have been trained, are operating effectively, and contributing to the on-going reconciliation, peace and increased freedom of movement of people, goods, and services.
  • New Zealand is supporting the effective implementation of autonomy and economic activity in Bougainville through its contribution to the Bougainville Governance fund. Initiatives include the design and implementation of an investment framework for the Bougainville Government to increase economic growth and a tax summit.
  • With support from New Zealand, the Bougainville Community Health Programme has improved access to immunisation and treatment and prevention of TB, malaria and leprosy, contributing to the improved health of 150,000 people across 484 villages in 8 districts of Bougainville.

Related links

IATI data
Recent evaluations
New Zealand High Commission Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea page on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade website