NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA JOIN TO SUPPORT COOKS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 2) – The Cook Islands, the New Zealand and Australian governments have signed an agreement marking the first official joint New Zealand and Australian aid program to the Cook Islands.

New Zealand has promised to give US$4 million and Australia US$1 million in programmed aid every year to the Cook Islands.

The money will go to improve the Cook Islands management of aid programs with the potential to reduce administrative processes.

NZAID will manage the day-to-day operations of the combined program and the three governments will meet regularly to set strategic directions.

September 3, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/

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