An inquiry into aid to the Pacific

Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee is holding an inquiry into New Zealand’s aid to the Pacific.

You can read more about it here. The inquiry sought public submissions. The closing date for submissions was 30 August 2019. All public submissions are now available here.

A number of members of the NZADDs committee made submissions. They are now all on the publications page of the NZADDs website.

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We give how much to Tokelau?!? PNG Electric

Welcome to another NZADDs update,

We give how much?!?
Let’s face it, if you’ve ever had to labour over a journal article, report, or even a blog post, you’re probably pretty envious of Mike Hosking. Forget the hours spent ensuring your writing makes sense. Hosking gets paid to be incoherent.

His recent column on New Zealand aid for the Herald is a case in point. The arguments stumble around growling and banging into each other like drunken fans at a heavy metal concert.

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Is NZ the best donor on earth? Tell MFAT what you know. Take the Australian Aid Stakeholder Survey

Hi and welcome to an NZADDs email update,

First, a reminder: you’ve only got until 30 September to provide your input into MFAT’s review of New Zealand’s aid and sustainable development policy. More information on how to do this here.

Also, do you interact with the Australian Government Aid Program? Now’s your chance to have your say about the state of Australian aid. The Development Policy Centre’s Australian Aid Stakeholder Survey is open to anyone who knows Australian aid (from NGOs, from the Pacific, from academia, from government…your knowledge is wanted). It only takes 15 minutes to fill out and your responses are confidential. Read more about the survey here. Fill it out online here. The survey closes on 19 October.

Finally, does New Zealand have the world’s best quality aid programme? The Centre for Global Development thinks it does.

Is this a reasonable claim? I explain why it isn’t below. My explanation is drawn from a Devpolicy blog. Read the original blog here. (And comment on it too if you disagree.)

Terence for NZADDs admin.

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New Futures for New Zealand’s Development Cooperation


Our workshop, New Futures for New Zealand’s Development Cooperation, is coming up quickly.

This is your chance to get together to talk about New Zealand’s international aid and development efforts, and what we should be doing in the future.

What: New Futures for New Zealand’s Development Cooperation in an SDG World
When: 9am – 1pm, Thursday 5 July
Where: Lecture Theatre One, Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Wellington
Register here.

Morning tea will be provided. The event is free.


09:00 Mihi Whakatau: Paul Meredith, Office of the DVC (Māori), Victoria University of Wellington
09:10  Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau
09:30 Current situation: Dr. Terence Wood, Research Fellow, Development Policy Centre;
Dr. Jo Spratt, Visiting Fellow, Development Policy Centre.
09:50 Jonathan Kings, Deputy Secretary, Pacific and Development Group, MFAT
10:10 Josie Pagani, Executive Director, Council for International Development
10:30 Opportunities and possibilities: Professor Regina Scheyvens, Massey University; Professor John Overton, Victoria University of Wellington.
11:00 Morning tea: Mezzanine, Room Z03
11:30 Lightening talks: Angela Wilton, Oxfam’s Partnerships Director; Alfred Schuster, Pacific regionalism expert; Professor Warwick Murray, VUW; Nick Rogers, Tonkin+Taylor; Dr. Gerard Prinsen, Massey University.
12:15 Parliamentarians: Hon. Golriz Gharhaman (Green Party Aotearoa), Hon. Louisa Wall (Labour Party), Hon.Tim Mcindoe (National Party)
Rapporteur: Dr. Helen Leslie, Senior Lecturer, Massey University