5 Aug 2010

NZ doubles scholarships for young people from Pacific countries

10:48 am on 5 August 2010

New Zealand will double the number of scholarships available to young people from the Pacific next year, boosting support for education in the region.

New Zealand's Prime Minister says an educated and highly-skilled Pacific population is vital to future leadership in the region, and critical for economic and social development.

John Key says additional 100 places for 2011 will bring the total to 200 for the year - a significant increase.