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

New Zealand and Fiji’s development cooperation has been expanding in-line with our reinvigorated bilateral relationship. 

Total aid to Fiji is made up of programme funding for activities specific to Fiji, as well as other funding which can include scholarships, mulit-lateral funding, 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

Climate Change and Resilience

Support Fiji's COP23 leadership and 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

Tropical Cyclone Winston caused massive devastation when it hit Fiji in early 2016.  New Zealand’s NZ$15 million response has supported Fiji’s ongoing recovery. One of the latest projects is a partnership with Rotary New Zealand to rebuild schools and health centres on Taveuni Island which were destroyed by the 2016 cyclone.

New Zealand has also been working to support Fiji’s leadership as President of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as 23rd Conference of the Parties or COP23). In this role, Fiji has put an international spotlight on the vulnerability of Pacific Island nations to the impacts of climate change and helped drive progress towards the Paris Agreement’s long term temperature goal.

New Zealand provided NZ$3.8 million to support Fiji’s term as 2017/2018 COP 23 President as well as valuable advisory support. 

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 educational training in New Zealand, so they can contribute to their country’s development.

New Zealand offers tertiary scholarships for Fijian students to study a range of post-graduate level qualifications, and undergrduate veterinary technology in New Zealsnd.

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

Economic governance

Strengthen economic governance

New Zealand has been working with Fiji to improve the performance of its public sector. This includes working to strengthen capacity to deliver high-quality services

New Zealand is working to strengthen the relationship between the NZ Electoral Commission and Fijian Elections Office, and providing assistance to the Fiji Parliament Support Project that includes exchanges between New Zealand's and Fiji's parliaments.

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 management, improving milk processing and farmer support services, and investing in infrastructure.

Find out more about our aid activities by country.

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Governance

Strengthen democratic governance

 

New Zealand 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 Elections Office in the preparation for Fiji’s 2018 elections.

Resilience

Supporting Fiji rebuild after Tropical Cyclone Winston

Following Tropical Cyclone Winston, which hit Fiji in early 2016, the New Zealand Defence Force deployed a vessel to Vanua Balavu to deliver 106 tonnes of aid supplies, as well as personnel to help support communities devastated by the cyclone.

As part of New Zealand’s NZ$15 million response to Tropical Cyclone Winston, we helped to repair and rebuild dozens of 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. New Zealand also supported Habitat for Humanity to undertake ‘Build Back Safer’ training for home builders.

 

Figures showing Total Aid for Fiji from 2018-2021