The New Zealand government is seeking submission on the effectiveness of aid program to the Pacific, and people from the region are welcome to have their say.
The New Zealand Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (DEFAT) Committee-led inquiry is focused on understanding, comparing, evaluating, investigating, building and considering its aid programs in the Pacific.
It comes as New Zealand rolls out its “Pacific Reset” policy which names as it’s principles; collective ambition, mutual benefit, friendship, understanding and sustainability. The Lowy Institute states that New Zealand invests one-third of its aid allocation to the Pacific in the area of governance.
The inquiry will focus on:
New Zealand’s total aid allocation increased in the 2019-2020 budget. It’s forecast allocation for the 2018/19 financial year for the Pacific region was NZ$256.69 million.
Parties interested in making a submission to the inquiry can do so on the Parliament website no later than 30 August 2019.