by Lance Polu
APIA: 8 July 2009 – The New Zealand Government assistance to Samoa will increase from $10.5million to $14million this year. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, made the announcement after meeting his Samoan counterpart in Apia yesterday morning.
Key stated that New Zealand’s bi lateral aid program to Samoa will increase to $15 million in 2010/11 and to a further $17million in 2011/12. The increase in Development Assistance will focus on education and health – including funding to combat the impact of the H1N1 Virus, public service improvement and private sector development.
As part of this project, Mr. Key said, New Zealand with Australia have agreed to provide assistance for Samoan families struggling to pay school fees, with New Zealand contributing $1 million to this initiative.