New Zealand’s Pacific neighbours receive almost 60% of our aid funding, reflecting New Zealand’s shared interest with Pacific peoples in the prosperity and stability of the region.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that the New Zealand Aid Programme for the three years starting 1 July 2018 will be bigger and re-oriented: https://beehive.govt.nz/speech/first-steps (external link)

This larger, re-oriented development programme will continue to have a strong focus on the Pacific – in line with New Zealand’s Pacific reset. New Zealand currently spends around 60 percent of its official development assistance on the Pacific Islands region. 

The additional funding announced in Budget 2018 will allow the New Zealand Aid Programme to: 

  • Bolster our efforts to tackle priority issues for the Pacific, especially climate change and health and education.
  • Have an increased focus on sectors important for the promotion of our values – including good governance and transparency, human rights, women’s political and economic empowerment, and youth.
  • Provide increased funding to multilateral institutions to build on multilateral partnerships in the Pacific, and to raise the profile of issues relevant to the Pacific in multilateral contexts.