New Zealand Sees Pacific as 'Overaided Region,” Leaked Cables Show

    Flag of New Zealand. An aid official of the country has advised against sponsoring further aid projects in the Pacific, according to classified diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks. Photo by: Richard / CC BY-NC-SA

    A New Zealand aid official has advised the U.S. against sponsoring further aid projects in the Pacific and to instead use its weight and influence to promote policy dialogues in the region, according to classified diplomatic cables made public by WikiLeaks. 

    A June 2006 memo published by NZ Herald details a meeting between a U.S. political officer and Craig Hawke, director for the Pacific of New Zealand’s aid agency, otherwise known as NZAID.

    The Pacific is an “overaided region, and that the last thing the Pacific needs is another aid project,” Hawke reported, according to the leaked cable. 

    Hawke said the U.S. would be more useful in promoting policy dialouges and that the country “can add its voice as an external, neutral party – especially given its global perspective on governance and human rights.”

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.