Our aid programme in Fiji focuses on sustainable economic development through key investments in agriculture, education, improving resilience and supporting linkages between New Zealand and Fiji institutions.

 New Zealand boosted the development programme in Fiji during the lead up to the successful democratic elections in late 2014. 

 Graphic showing total for Fiji 2016-17

Total aid to Fiji is made up of programme funding for activities specific to Fiji, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, regional initiatives, activities supported through the Partnerships Fund, and humanitarian response. 

What we're supporting

We're working closely with the Fiji Government and local agencies on several aid activities.

Priority Activities and outcomes

Agriculture

Increase economic and food security benefits from agriculture

Our flagship activity in agriculture is to assist in the development of a sustainable domestic milk supply in Fiji. Our aspiration is to help enable agriculture to drive economic growth in Fiji through the promotion of market-led agriculture and strengthened value chains. We are currently working to lift dairy milk production in the Fijian dairy industry through training, introducing new farming techniques, stock and feed, improving milk processing and farmer support services, and investing in infrastructure.

We also support the expansion of Heat Treated Forced Air (HTFA) horticultural exports to New Zealand and other countries through capacity building activities, and biosecurity controls through a partnership between New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries and the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji.  

Education 

Improve knowledge, skills and basic education

In Fiji, New Zealand is focused on supporting the Fiji Higher Education Commission’s efforts to set qualification standards, regulate the performance of education/training providers, and improve the quality of training courses. We are also supporting Fijian students to undertake tertiary training in New Zealand, so they can contribute to their country’s development.

We also support Fijian students through short-term training courses that are offered across a variety of investment priorities including: agriculture, education and disaster risk reduction.

Economic governance

Strengthen economic governance

New Zealand has been working with Fiji to improve the performance of their public sector. This includes working to strengthen the capacity of the public sector to deliver high-quality services, strengthening relationships between the NZ Electoral Commission and Fijian electoral bodies, and providing assistance to the Fiji Parliament Support Project that includes exchanges between the New Zealand and Fiji parliaments.

Resilience

Strengthen resilience

Fiji is vulnerable to natural disasters and we are committed to supporting government agencies, communities, and individuals to improve their preparedness and resilience.

As part of this New Zealand’s NZ$15 million response to Tropical Cyclone Winston, we have helped to repair and rebuild over 36 pieces of public infrastructure including schools, teacher and nurses’ accommodation, hospitals, and other public buildings on Vanua Balavu in the Northern Lau group of islands. We also supported Habitat for Humanity to undertake ‘Build Back Safer’ training for home builders.

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Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Governance

Strengthen democratic governance

 

New Zeland has supported the re-establishment and strengthening of the Fiji Parliament. We are also a major funder of the Fiji Parliament Support Project led by the United Nations Development Programme. This initiative involved refurbishing the debating chamber, providing technical assistance, and training for MPs and staff.

We continue to work closely with the Fijian electoral bodies in the preparation for the next elections in 2018.

Human development  

Improve living conditions

New Zealand funded the building of 134 houses in the Koroipita subdivision as part of the Rotahomes Informal Housing Project.
This project also helped complete the building of the community hall and established roads, drains, a sewer system, and water and electricity services. 

We also continue to support the Koroipita social housing project. Stage 3 will see the construction of an additional 25 cyclone safe homes, a light industrial park for small business operations, a plant nursery and gardens plots, a multi-purpose sports court and rugby/soccer field, and a surge in community development programmes.

The Koroipita social housing project will also build on disaster risk resilience and environmental protection with the construction of water management systems for crop production during droughts, fire control systems. The community waste management system is now so advanced that tour groups visit to learn from it.