3 Nov 2009

NZ politician maintains concern about Samoan aid

4:27 pm on 3 November 2009

Porirua deputy mayor Litea Ah Hoi says she stands by her criticism of the delivery of tsunami aid in Samoa, despite a statement by the Samoan government that it has systems in place to monitor aid.

The Samoan government has challenged Ms Ah Hoi to produce evidence that goods are being sold in shops.

It says all goods and money received are recorded by the Treasury, and the movement of aid is observed by government officials at each stage.

Ms Ah Hoi admits she does not have evidence but says she stands by what she saw and was told by people in Samoa.

She says she also saw infrastructure being repaired in the villages of government ministers ahead of other areas.