30 Mar 2010

NZ committed to delivering aid to Fiji says MP

8:36 am on 30 March 2010

The chair of New Zealand's foreign affairs committee says his country is still committed to delivering aid to Fiji.

Government MP John Hayes has told a Fiji community meeting in Wellington that New Zealand's overseas development program to Fiji is continuing.

But Mr Hayes says efforts are being made to ensure the aid does not benefit the interim regime in Fiji

"Our aid is being redirected beyond the government into communities and we're focussing on the poorest people in Fiji. We've moved away from giving aid through the government to NGOs, passing our aid through NGOs. Even in the wake of the cyclone we've just given a million dollars, there may be more in the pipeline, we've had our planes up there."

John Hayes says New Zealand will always be there for Fiji, and will continue to maintain sanctions because the actions of the coup perpetrators have made the lives of ordinary people harder.