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


More New Zealand Aid For East Timor



11 October 1999


New Zealand will provide a further $1 million in humanitarian relief to East Timor, Prime Minister Jenny Shipley announced today. This sum is in addition to the $250,000 announced on Friday.

"These funds will be used to help East Timorese returning to their homes, as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has now told countries, including New Zealand, that we no longer need to take in displaced East Timorese, Mrs Shipley said.

"The UNHCR has advised that its effort is now going into relocating displaced East Timorese back into East Timor. Initial repatriation flights to East Timor have gone smoothly. Cooperation with the local Indonesian authorities has been very good and we are advised that the reception, humanitarian, and security needs of people returning to Dili can be managed satisfactorily.

"In light of the UNHCR?s advice, it is no longer necessary or appropriate to proceed with the earlier plans to offer safe haven in New Zealand for up to 300 East Timorese displaced people," Mrs Shipley said.

"I want to extend our thanks to all those groups and individuals who offered support and services for the earlier safe haven initiative.

"New Zealand remains determined to assist with building an effective humanitarian response to the crisis in East Timor. We have made several contributions already, but it is clear that people returning to East Timor need building materials for shelter, and agricultural supplies, to help them re-establish themselves before the wet season begins.

"The UN agencies helping them also need funds to set up bases in towns outside Dili. The success of the initial repatriation flights, and the numbers of displaced persons returning to East Timor, make these needs all the greater.

"A lasting solution in East Timor is clearly in New Zealand?s national interest. We will continue to work with UN agencies, the other countries involved in the effort, New Zealand aid organisations and the people of East Timor," the Prime Minister said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news