Our aid programme in Samoa is about boosting productivity through developing tourism and renewable energy, and improving health and education.

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


 Graphic showing total aid for Samoa 2016-17

Shared vision

New Zealand and Samoa have signed a Joint Commitment for Development. This sets out the shared vision of our two governments, the priority areas we're focused on, each countries' responsibilities, and the funding New Zealand will provide.

Read the Joint Commitment for Development [PDF, 411 KB]

What we're supporting

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

Priority Activities and outcomes

Increase economic benefits from tourism

Boosting revenue and employment in the tourism sector by improving the quality of the visitor experience and increasing visitor numbers. We’re supporting Samoa’s sustainable tourism development activities eg upgrading attractions, improving Apia’s waterfront and implementing a dog management programme.  

Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy

Increasing renewable energy production to help Samoa achieve its goal of 10% of total energy consumption by 2016. We’re supporting the $14.5 million programme that has installed solar array panels and will be constructing and rehabilitating hydro-power plants.

Improve knowledge, skills and basic education


Increasing student attendance, lifting achievement and creating a better trained workforce. We’re working with Australia to support Samoa in a four-year programme towards these goals - including initiatives to improve teaching quality and student achievement, and providing grants to reduce school fees and increase attendance.

We're also offering scholarships for tertiary study.

Law and justice
Strengthen law and justice systems

Making prison services more secure, humane and rehabilitation focused through a New Zealand - Samoa Corrections partnership that includes staff training, policy and protocol development, and establishing health services.

Improve the health of people in the Pacific

Improving the health of Samoans by increasing access to quality health care and strengthening health management and clinical leadership. This long-term sector wide programme alongside Australia and the World Bank is nearing completion, with planning for a new programme underway.  

Building capacity in health services through a partnership between the Counties Manukau District Health Board and the Samoa National Health Service.

Find out more about our aid activities by country.

Recent achievements

Priority  Achievement

Expand access to affordable, reliable and clean energy 

Installed three solar photovoltaic systems, including the largest solar array in the Southern Pacific, at the Faleata Racecourse in Apia. This will meet approximately 4.5% of Samoa’s total electricity needs, reducing demand for imported diesel by more than a million litres per year, with annual savings of about WST$3.4 million (NZ$1.7 million).
Increase economic benefits from tourism
Increased visitor numbers by 5% and tourism revenue as a share of GDP by 7% between 2013 and 2014, through supporting tourism development.

Private sector
Strengthen economic governance

Invested in small businessess to lift their performance and sustainability through support to the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC). Every tala of capital spending that the SBEC facilitated has returned WST$2.30 for the Samoan economy.

Improve the health of people in the Pacific

Contributed to a 13.2% reduction in smoking among adults aged 25-64 between 2002 (40.3%) and 2013 (27.1%) through support to health promotion and smoking cessation under the Health Sector Programme.

Evaluation and research reports

Evaluation of the Samoa Institutional Linkage Programme