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New Zealand Enhances Pacific Resilience and Health Education with Multimillion-Dollar funding

(L-R) Easter Chu Shing, SPREP's deputy director general, SPREP's director general Sefanaia Nawadra, New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Dr Shane Reti, New Zealand's Minister of Health and Minister for Pacific Peoples

During the New Zealand Pacific Mission visit to Samoa, New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, announced investments to enhance Samoa's resilience against climate change and bolster Samoa's health sector.

With a NZ$15.2 million funding boost to SPREP, Peters emphasised New Zealand's commitment to tackling climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution in the Pacific.

Winston Peters photo with Health and Education Minisers

Additionally, nearly NZ$3.5 million will support health education, providing scholarships and backing for the Bachelor of Health Science qualification at the National University of Samoa.

During a recent meeting, the New Zealand Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, expressed his appreciation for the partnership with Samoa. Peters emphasised the importance of New Zealand's investment in Samoa, which seeks to strengthen the country's ability to withstand the challenges posed by climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution in the Pacific region.

Peters also stressed the significance of supporting Pacific communities through these environmental and health initiatives, demonstrating New Zealand's commitment to promoting sustainable development and fostering regional cooperation.

The present visit clearly indicates the strengthening partnership between the two nations. The focus of this partnership is to promote sustainable development and enhance the health outcomes for Samoa's population.

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