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


Fiji aid to focus on squatter settlements

Rt Hon Winston Peters
Minister of Foreign Affairs

10 February 2006

Fiji aid to focus on squatter settlements

Ending his visit to Fiji, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said that New Zealand intends to focus its bilateral aid efforts on addressing the growing problem of squatter settlements.

“Changes in Fiji’s economy and society mean that our important Pacific neighbour faces, quite suddenly, a growing issue of poverty and hardship which will demand greater resources than it can muster," Mr Peters said.

Recent figures suggest the number of people living in squatter settlements is increasing significantly, and there are now an estimated 82,350 people living in 182 squatter settlements across the country.

“We have seen today that many of these people are living below the poverty line, in conditions that are unhygienic and unsafe. While acknowledging there are no quick-fixes, we see it as a problem that New Zealand can assist in solving,” said Mr Peters.

NZAID is contributing up to NZ$2.1 million in 2006 and up to NZ$10m over the next three years to support programmes for squatter resettlement in Fiji.

“We also visited the the Rotahome project at Naikabula, some 10km north of Lautoka, to see what this commitment will mean in practice. Here, 84 families will be resettled in new housing.

“Providing shelter and secure land tenure will go some way to easing the situation, but there are many factors that need to be addressed," Mr Peters said.

Rural-urban migration has led to an increasing number of squatters seeking better job and education opportunities. NZAID is also involved in programmes aimed at addressing socio-economic issues and improving access to important services.

“NZAID will work closely with Fiji’s Ministry of Local Government, Housing, Squatter Settlement & Environment on the squatter settlement issue. New Zealand is committed to providing assistance on a longer-term basis,” said Mr Peters.

New Zealand has an annual bilateral aid programme of $6 million with Fiji.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions.

Agricultural emissions make up nearly half of New Zealand’s total emissions profile and are the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>


$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>


The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>


Sitting On Defence: Terms Of Reference For Defence Estate Review

“The 81,000 hectare Defence estate is at a crossroads; much of it is run down, and outdated,” says Ron Mark. “It needs to be improved in order to gain, train and retain our service people, now and into the future." More>>


Meng Foon: Retiring Gisborne Mayor To Be Race Relations Commissioner

Andrew Little: “He has an outstanding record as a relationship builder and walks comfortably in the pākehā world, the Māori world, the Chinese community and other communities making up New Zealand." More>>


NCEA: Students Granted Qualifications After Fees Scrapped

Almost 150,000 current and former students with unpaid NCEA fees have today been formally awarded their NCEA credits or qualifications. More>>




InfoPages News Channels