Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Prebble in a pith helmet

15 May 2002

“Take your pith helmut off Mr Prebble and get with the times,” Development Minister Matt Robson says.

“I have a message for Richard Prebble: the days of New Zealand using its $226 million overseas aid budget to purchase political influence are over.”

He was responding to Richard Prebble’s attacks on New Zealand’s overseas aid policy.

Richard Prebble advocates a return to primarily funding tertiary scholarships for the Pacific elite, which he argues, helped us to win the top jobs at the WTO (Mike Moore) and the Commonwealth (Don McKinnon).

“He attacks the new aid agency – NZAID – which will primarily focus on poverty reduction and basic education in our own region of the Pacific, despite the fact that this is exactly what Pacific nations want.”

NZAID will be officially launched on July 1st 2002.

“We now have a healthy balance between programmes which promote basic education in Pacific countries, and tertiary scholarships for Pacific Island people in New Zealand.

“For his information the $4 million extra money in the aid budget, annonced today, will not ‘principally assist Indonesia’.

“It will help us to increase our budget for basic education in East Timor (which is what the East Timorese have requested), and in part for basic education in Indonesia.

“It’ll help us to increase funding for Voluntary Service Abroad, for Voluntary Agency Support Scheme (VASS) and it’ll boost our capacity to get the best staff on the job in the new aid agency – NZAID.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news