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04 Aug 2018 description

The Ministers/Representatives of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam (hereafter referred to as the “Lower Mekong Countries”); the European Union, the Governments of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and the United States; and the World Bank (hereafter referred to as the “Development Partners”); and Mekong River Commission (MRC), collectively referred to as “the Participants,”

In the spirit of promoting continued cooperation to support inclusive and sustainable development among the Lower Mekong Countries;

18 May 2018 description

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today announced the government has agreed to a long term approach to assist Pacific Island states in meeting the challenges of climate change.

“We cannot ignore the risks faced by our Pacific Island neighbours who are uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,” said Mr Peters.

“Cabinet has agreed to a long term strategy to assist the region. Development assistance will focus on practical projects for climate change adaption, mitigation, and ways to avert climate displacement of people.”

18 Apr 2018 description

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announce closer cooperation between the United Kingdom and New Zealand in the Pacific Islands region, following a meeting in London.

During the meeting, which took place at the Churchill War Rooms, Mr Johnson and Mr Peters also exchanged views on a wide range of foreign policy issues of concern to both countries, including defence and security challenges and the importance of cooperation to preserve and advance the international rules-based system at a time when it is under stress.

15 Apr 2018 description

As part of an ongoing effort to promote disability-inclusive humanitarian action in Pacific countries, this policy brief identifies priority actions for disaster readiness, response and recovery. It has been prepared through a collaborative approach and should be a key reference in the future, promoting coordination across all levels and stages of the humanitarian cycle in the Region.

Promoting inclusion in Pacific humanitarian action

04 Jul 2017 description

We, the Interior Ministers, Immigration Ministers, and Attorneys General of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States met in Ottawa on June 26, 2017, to discuss both national security challenges facing our nations and proactive areas for collaboration.

30 Jun 2017 description

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced an $11 million boost to global agricultural research.

“New Zealand is a world leader in international agriculture research and we want to help meet global food needs in ways that are positive for the environment,” Mr Brownlee says.

“New Zealand is committing $11 million over two years to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a network of research institutes around the world that focus on agriculture, forestry and fishing.

11 Feb 2016 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that New Zealand will provide $500,000 to help the Pacific region to counter the spread of the Zika.

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully.

“New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required.

09 Feb 2016 description

A new publication details the framework for New Zealand Aid Programme investments for the next four years.

New Zealand Aid Programme Investment Priorities 2015-19 [PDF, 2.6 MB] outlines how we will focus our aid, capability and policy engagement around 12 priorities to deliver sustainable development and reduce poverty in partner countries.

30 Nov 2015 description

Executive summary

In the Pacific, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) have traditionally been seen as the domain and responsibility of women. In the last two decades however, there has been increasing recognition, both internationally and in the Pacific, that engaging boys and men in sexual and reproductive health is central to improving the health and rights of all people and building more equitable societies.

14 Sep 2015 description


New Zealand’s aid programme aims to make a positive difference in people’s lives‚ demonstrated through tangible‚ measurable results. To do this‚ we need a plan that outlines our ambition and focus.

30 Oct 2014 description


Natural disasters, such as cyclones and floods, are a reality of living in the Pacific. The impact of such disasters can be significant and given the remoteness of some islands response from outside is often difficult or even impossible. That is why increasing the capacity of national and local authorities to manage and reduce the impact of disasters, as well as improve the preparedness and resilience of communities, is a priority for Pacific Island governments and the many humanitarian partners in the region.

09 Sep 2014 description

Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today announced a new partnership aimed at helping Pacific Island nations prepare for and manage natural disasters.

“The Pacific region is vulnerable to natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquakes and cyclones,” Mr McCully says.

“Over the last three years the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have been working together with Pacific Island governments to help them prepare for natural disasters.

01 Feb 2014 description

AU and New Zealand Government partner Launch AU Handbook 2014

Addis Ababa 27 January 2014 - The African Union Commission and the Government of New Zealand have collaborated to produce a comprehensive guide to the African Union system.

24 Aug 2012 description

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced the establishment of a new contestable partnerships fund for New Zealand organisations carrying out development work off-shore.

“The government is looking to fund projects that will make the biggest difference to the lives of people in developing countries, particularly in the Pacific,” Mr McCully says.

“The New Zealand Partnerships for International Development Fund will make up to $32 million per year available for New Zealand agencies across all sectors - NGO, state and private.

30 Nov 2011 description

The Year in Review

The New Zealand Aid Programme is the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme. its mission is to support sustainable development in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

13 Nov 2009 description

Joint Media release between Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully

Australia warmly welcomes the announcement by New Zealand today to contribute NZ$420,000 to the World Health Organization (WHO) in support of H1N1 vaccine roll out in the Asia Pacific region.

New Zealand's donation for the purchase of syringes and sharps bins complements Australia's commitment, announced by Prime Minister Rudd and Health Minister Roxon on 18 September 2009, to donate up to 10 per cent of its Pandemic (H1N1) vaccine to the WHO for use in …

01 May 2009 description

Poorer nations, particularly in the Pacific, will benefit significantly from changes to New Zealand's approach to aid, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.

"As indicated prior to the election, National has long held concerns about the effectiveness of New Zealand's aid spending," Mr McCully said.

"Following a review process, the government has decided to change the mandate of NZAID, the government's aid agency, to focus on sustainable economic growth.

"Lifting people out of poverty depends directly on increasing economic growth and …

04 Jun 2008 description

New Zealand will contribute $9.5 million to the international response to the global food crisis, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

The money will be the largest humanitarian contribution since the Asian Tsunami, and will be delivered through the government's aid agency, NZAID.

'The impact of rising food prices on the world's poorest people cannot be underestimated, and it is important New Zealand does what it can to assist," said Mr Peters.

'The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP), which focuses on feeding people in life or death …

31 Mar 2008 description

The National CDEM Plan and the Guide to the National CDEM Plan

The purchase of the Plan is to state and provide for the hazards and risks to be managed at the national level and CDEM arrangements necessary to meet those hazards and risks. The Plan also sets out how support will be provided for the management of local civil defence emergencies to achieve the purpose of the Plan.

08 Dec 2006 description

New Zealand is to pledge $US1million a year to the United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

"The CERF is a key initiative within the UN aimed at improving the timeliness and quality of the international response to an emergency," Mr Peters said.