The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made a blatant bid for more money in this year’s Budget - and it seems likely his prayers will be answered.
A seasonal worker scheme providing employment for people from the Pacific has received a $10 million boost from the Government, which says it could be expanded to cover new industries like tourism and fisheries. While most are in agreement about its value for the workers, some have raised concerns about exploitation of those who come here, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
A 14-year mission to restore stability to the Solomon Islands has come to an end. Those involved in RAMSI say it has made a real difference, but acknowledge more must be done if peace is to endure. Sam Sachdeva reports.
In today's email we follow Prime Minister Bill English on his trip to the Pacific, and learn one task he had to complete before setting off was apologising to Israel for co-sponsoring the UN resolution on Israel's settlements in Palestinian territories being illegal.
New Zealand is trumpeting a new trade and development deal for the Pacific - but will it boost the economies of the smaller countries, or undercut their development? Sam Sachdeva reports.