9 Aug 2010

NZ Aid cuts sending wrong message to Pacific - Amnesty International

3:47 pm on 9 August 2010

Amnesty International says New Zealand's new aid policy is sending the wrong message to the Pacific.

The group's Pacific researcher Apolosi Bose says the Vanuatu Women's Centre is one NGO facing difficulties under New Zealand's change of direction.

The centre says without the 100 thousand US dollars in annual assistance, the organisation will have to shut its doors in Luganville.

"Wrong messages are being sent to the Pacific internationally, that human rights and gender are not important issues for New Zealand."

New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully says getting value for money is now the focus of New Zealand aid which will continue to increase to a target of 600 million dollars a year despite economic conditions at home.