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PacificTA programme lending technical assistance into Pacific Island countries

The Local Government Technical Assistance Facility for Pacific Countries, (PacificTA) is funded from the New Zealand Aid Programme and is managed by LGNZ.

The New Zealand Aid programme's three drivers of growth are agriculture, fisheries and tourism, underpinned by investment in seven enablers of growth; renewable energy; transport and communication infrastructure; waste, sanitation and urban development; trade and private sector development; education; health; and governance.

PacificTA has been established to assist Pacific Island countries with technical expertise to develop and deliver appropriate solutions to service delivery at the local level.  This can relate to areas such as urban planning and development and planning and management of infrastructure including water, waste and landfill management.

Pacific Island countries with New Zealand bilateral relationships are eligible for support.  This includes the Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Tokelau and Kiribati.

A steering committee, including representatives from LGNZ, Auckland Council, Porirua City Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has been established to consider and assess requests received from Pacific government institutions.

Requests for technical assistance must meet the following  criteria.

Application form - this form is for Pacific government institutions wanting technical assistance.

While it is anticipated a range of approaches may be required, including Pacific Island personnel coming to New Zealand for short term training, in the main this initiative will entail the short term exchange of expertise and training by placement of technical assistance into Pacific Island countries.  On-going support or follow up visits will play an important role in the provision of assistance.

If you are interested in being involved in this work, please email PacificTA@lgnz.co.nz with a brief description of your skills set. 

Click on the links below to see more information about particular trips to the Pacific. 


Date updated: 23 June 2017