10 Oct 2008

Niue premier wants to refocus aid links with NZ

4:12 pm on 10 October 2008

The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, says the aid relationship with New Zealand has to be based on outcomes, not process.

This was one of the results of discussions this week in Wellington where New Zealand agreed to try and ensure greater flexibility in the delivery aid.

Mr Talagi, who came to power in June, has been strongly critical of the performance of New Zealand officials who he accuses of hampering the political will of the island's government.

Following meetings, including with Prime Minister Helen Clark, Mr Talagi says it has now been agreed that targets and timelines will be set for aid proposals.

"So we shouldn't be spending so much time on process. We should be more looking at outcomes and therefore my suggestion to them is the fact that if we can't agree on a project based on proposals that we have put up, then we will just say that if we don't agree within a certain timeframe, we stop and move on to other things. And we will find other people to fund those priority projects that we have."

The Premier of Niue, Toke Talagi