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From: M McCully (MIN) <M.McCully@ministers.govt.nz>
Thank you for your email expressing concern about the future of NZAID.
Prior to the 2008 election, National's policy statement drew attention to serious concerns about the management of NZAID, and promised that we would 'review the operation of agencies that deliver aid to ensure that aid expenditure is effective and efficiently delivered'. That is the process that we are now engaged in.
Reviews of the structure and mandate of NZAID are currently being undertaken by both the chief executive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the State Services Commissioner, in response to those pre-election commitments.
That work should be completed prior to the 2009 Budget.
I appreciate the time you have taken in writing to me to express your views, and I can assure you that the points raised by you and the NGO community at large will be given careful consideration before any final decisions are made.
Hon Murray McCully
Minister of Foreign Affairs
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