Welcome to NZADDs

Welcome to NZADDs. We’re an independent group of academics and practitioners working together to promote dialogue and critical thinking about New Zealand’s role in international development.

Be it through aid, trade, immigration, or environmental policy (to name just a few), decisions made in New Zealand have real impacts on the the lives of people living in poverty in other countries. If we as a country want to help reduce global poverty and tackle global issues we need considered, well-intentioned policy and practice. NZADDs is committed to promoting this.

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Budget 2023

Hello and welcome to an NZADDs update,

Just after 2pm today I took a step back from my computer, did some yoga, put on my favourite CD of dolphin songs, lit some incense, and tried to find my happy place.

Yes, that’s right, it’s budget day, which means I’ve spent the afternoon exhuming spreadsheets, squinting at PDFs, and muttering in an exasperated way at my computer, “even the Australians release their aid budgets…”.

The incense has long wafted away, the dolphin CD has come to an end, but here’s the state of New Zealand’s aid spending.

This coming financial year New Zealand plans to spend just over NZ$1.4 billion on foreign aid. That, as you can see in the chart below, is a big leap from what Treasury thinks we will spend in the current financial year.*

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