The New Zealand Aid Programme
The New Zealand Aid Programme is the New Zealand Government's international aid and development programme. Its mission is to support sustainable development in developing counties in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world. It is managed by development specialists in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Programme focuses on stimulating sustainable economic development. It has a geographic focus on New Zealand's own region, the Pacific. It focuses on applying New Zealand's strength and expertise in development contexts, has clear priorities, and works in partnerships e.g. Radio New Zealand International (described in more detail in the section ‘Preferential Treatment to Developing Countries’).
To deliver on its mission of supporting sustainable development, the New Zealand Aid Programme has recently formulated and published a Strategic Plan (2015-19), complemented by an Investment Priorities (2015-19) companion document which details twelve areas in which New Zealand will focus its aid, capability and policy engagement to deliver sustainable development and poverty reduction in partner countries.
Partnerships are vital to the New Zealand Aid Programme. Working with other governments and agencies means that development assistance efforts are coordinated within countries and across regions. Partnerships also ensure we work in line with a developing country's own strategies and development priorities.
One cultural development project fully funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme is the Cultural Heritage/Museum Advisor to the Government of Niue's Cultural Heritage Centre Project, undertaken by Te Papa Tongarewa - Museum of New Zealand. Te Papa is working with the Department of Taoga Niue and, among other things, will help to assess taoga damaged by Cyclone Heta in 2004. This initiative was introduced in 2014.
Sustainable economic development in the Pacific region.
603 million NZD in 2015/16