17 Feb 2017

NZ looking to help bolster Bougainville economy

6:45 am on 17 February 2017

New Zealand could put foreign aid money into developing the Bougainville tuna fishing sector.

On a visit to the autonomous Papua New Guinea region this week, New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully said he wanted to see this country do more to boost work opportunities so more people can get gainful employment.

Mr McCully said ensuring security is critical and chances of employment are part of this.

He said New Zealand will continue to provide aid to the agriculture sector but he also wanted to see involvement in fishing, since Bougainville's tuna resource is largely untapped.

"This is a place that is on the main highway from tuna point of view, so all those opportunities, difficult, challenging but actually there is potential there and we need to do a better job of developing these opportunities," Mr McCully said.