18% Budget Increase To New Zealand Overseas Aid Bucks Trend

New Zealand can 'show global leadership'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 31, 2017) – This year's overseas aid budget has been described as an opportunity for New Zealand to show global leadership.

The New Zealand government effectively has an 18 percent increase in aid available in the coming year after two consecutive years of underspending in the three year funding cycle implemented by former foreign minister Murray McCully.

It's not yet clear how much of the additional money will be spent in the Pacific.

But the director of the Council for International Development, Josie Pagani, said given cuts by the US and Australia to their aid budgets, New Zealand can assert some international leadership.

"You know we can be thought leaders across the world in this. We can be an example of what it is like not to close your borders what it is like to reach out and work with others and feel that it is our job to do something to make the world a better place," she said.

"You know and I think the New Zealand government is in an ideal situation and ideal place right now to show leadership."

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