Monday, 6 October 2008 7:19 AM

New Zealand Increases Funding to Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands will be receiving the biggest share of New Zealand aid when the country increases its 2010-2011 aid assistance to Melanesia.

New Zealand's Pacific Islands Affairs Minister Hon. Winnie Laban made the announcement when she opened the Pacific Cooperation Foundation's Melanesian Symposium on Thursday.

The Symposium is being held in Wellington.

Ms Laban said Solomon Islands will be receiving 41-million New Zealand dollars in aid, while Papua New Guinea will receive 30-million New Zealand dollars and Vanuatu 20-million New Zealand dollars.

In the Solomon Islands the aid focus will be on education and economic growth.

New Zealand is currently putting 10-million New Zealand dollars a year into education in Solomon Islands.

Ms Laban said amongst development programs within the Pacific region, the Melanesian region are the largest New Zealand will be running.