NZ Government to give additional $10m budget support to Fiji

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta (left) with Fiji Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Sitiveni Rabuka after the bilateral meeting at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Denarau Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

The New Zealand government will be giving an additional $10million in budget support to Fiji.

Following bilateral talks with Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka in Nadi yesterday, NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta said the funds were in addition to the $20million in fixable finance for climate action initiatives.

“I want to acknowledge that much of our conversation in relation to the impact of climate change on our communities is an area that we can ensure that partners work alongside Fiji, work alongside New Zealand to ensure that we can meet the significant challenge that we have,” she said during a joint press conference.

“We will also commit $10 million in separate budget general support to Fiji in demonstration of our commitment for you to develop further priorities.”

She said Fiji had been a valued partner of Aotearoa New Zealand for many years.

Meanwhile, Mr Rabuka said their discussions also focused on the impact of climate change on communities, NZ’s labour mobility program opportunities and their ongoing partnership in providing relief and security across the Pacific.

Ms Mahuta will visit Bau Island today.

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