11 Apr 2003

New Zealand gives additional aid to PNG

3:19 pm on 11 April 2003

The New Zealand government has announced that it will give a further 50 thousand US dollars in aid to Papua New Guinea.

Speaking in Port Moresby, the aid minister, Marian Hobbs, says most of the additional funding will go to programmes offered by the organisation, Hope Worldwide.

The assistance is for a medical research project, a mobile library programme and towards farm training schemes.

The aid is in addition to the five million US dollars given to PNG and Bougainville by the New Zealand government as part of this year's aid budget.

Ms Hobbs is in PNG on the first stop of a week-long tour of Melanesian countries led by the foreign minister, Phil Goff.