11 Jul 2017

Brownlee wants focus on Pacific development not aid

From , 5:01 am on 11 July 2017

New Zealand's foreign minister Gerry Brownlee says he wants to continue to shift the focus of this country's assistance in the region towards development and away from AID.

Mr Brownlee's predecessor Murray McCully who resigned in May had been criticised by academics and aid researchers for micro-managing New Zealand's overseas development assistance which they said had resulted in some white elephant projects in the region.

Smaller regional organisations working with the poorer more disadvantaged communities in the Pacific had also voiced concern at losing funding because of the change in focus.

But Gerry Brownlee told Koroi Hawkins his focus will still be on helping Pacific countries help themselves.