16 Apr 2003

Hopes that Pacific Foundation will form a partnership with all sectors of the community

5:23 pm on 16 April 2003

The chairman of the newly established Pacific Co-operation Foundation, hopes it will become a partnership between government, the media, private business, universities and the Pacific community.

The Foundation has been set up to foster understanding and co-operation between Pacific nations.

It received a boost yesterday with the Government announcing it would provide around 350 thousand US dollars to help establish it.

Chairman Michael Powles says they know that this money will not be their total resource because of the commitment already received from businesses, such as New Zealand's giant dairy producer, Fonterra.

"we don't have figures on that yet, but we know that there'll be significantly more than the government's contribution. So it really will be a partnership between government, private sector, hopefully the media, hopefully the Pacific Island community within New Zealand, and hopefully also the universities."