14 Dec 2017

NZ aid for solar power and education on Nauru

8:30 am on 14 December 2017

New Zealand is to provide aid to Nauru for solar power generation and education.

This was revealed by the new New Zealand high commissioner Nicola Simmonds when she met with the acting Nauru president David Adeang last week.

New Zealand gives Nauru about $US1.6 million in aid each year, focussing on building greater self-reliance through improving educational achievement, protecting Pacific fisheries and increasing access to renewable energy.

Nauru had plans to generate 50 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025 and the New Zealand funded solar project will contribute about 10 percent of this.

In 2015, New Zealand suspended hundreds of thousands of dollars in aid to the Nauru justice sector in protest at the treatment of judicial officials over human rights concerns.