12 Sep 2007

NZ opposition leader favours aid focus on Pacific

1:39 pm on 12 September 2007

The leader of New Zealand's opposition National Party has said there would be mutual benefit from focusing more aid on the Pacific.

John Key indicated in a speech to the US/New Zealand Partnership forum this week, that his party would look to re-orientate New Zealand's aid budget.

Mr Key says improving education would give local people the skills to develop business and their countries' economy.

He believes it would also indirectly help this country:

"From New Zealand's perspective a lot of people are emigrating from the islands to New Zealand so I think it makes a lot of sense for there to be a greater commitment to education and I think that can be beneficial to both Pacific islands and any migrants who come to New Zealand."

The leader of New Zealand's opposition National Party, John Key