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$195m of NZ govt budget will go to help Pasifika

15 May 2020

NZ$195 million from the New Zealand government budget will go to helping Pacific communities.

Pacific peoples minister Aupito William Sio said the money will help with the recovery and rebuild from Covid-19, with the Pacific community among the hardest hit.

$80 million has been set aside for yet-to-be-announced education iniatives, while more than $30 million will go expanding skills, employment and education programmes that already exist.

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Cook Islands keen to lose developed country status quickly

14 May 2020

The Cook Islands' deputy prime minister says losing its developed country status needs to happen quickly.

Its status was changed earlier this year by the OECD, a graduation which restricts access to funds from the likes of the World Bank.

That change was off the back of phenomenal growth in tourism, an industry which has disappeared because of Covid-19.

Mark Brown, who is also the finance minister, said the OECD's criteria is based on a country's income.

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Reservations about reopening borders - Samoa PM

14 May 2020

Samoa's prime minister says he has deep reservations about reopening borders.

Samoa was one of the first to lock down because of Covid-19, fearing a repeat of last year's measles epidemic which killed 83 people.

The country's tourism industry has been hard hit by the shut down, and there has been talk about joining a so-called travel bubble if New Zealand eliminates Covid-19.

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New Zealand to increase support to Pacific health

12 May 2020

New Zealand is set to channel more aid money into supporting Pacific countries' health systems and economy because of the impact of Covid-19.

The man overseeing the New Zealand Aid Programme, Jonathan Kings, said the virus had made it focus on aid in different ways.

He is calling it a 'pivot.'

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NZ Aid to pivot in the age of coronavirus

11 May 2020

New Zealand's Aid Programme is looking to pivot its assistance to the Pacific due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Deputy Secretary of the Pacific at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jonathan Kings, said he was proud of the way the aid agency was able to provide initial support, but that now it needed to take a longer-term look.

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Concern as veteran leader pushes for poll on Tokelau independence

Photo 1: Kelihiano Kalolo wants a referendum to coincide with 100 years of New Zealand rule. Photo: Supplied.
11 May 2020

A Tokelauan leader has drafted a referendum on the territory moving to independence from New Zealand to be held by 2025.

The proposal still has to go before Tokelau's parliament, but is the most significant step toward self-determination in more than a decade for the territory, which has been governed by New Zealand since 1925.

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