Good, about time. NZ halts aid to North Korea

Gerry Brownlee has called a halt to aid to North Korea:

Newshub can reveal the New Zealand Government sent aid money to North Korea for at least eight years.

It stopped last year when the Government became worried Kim Jong-un’s regime was diverting any money it could get its hands on into its nuclear programme.

It was through something called the “Embassy Fund for North Korea” – a contestable fund managed by the New Zealand embassy in Seoul.

The amount given was small but symbolic. Since 2008, the fund was allocated $30,000 a year, for aid agencies such as Maranatha Trust, Red Cross, Save the Children and Marama Global to buy things like utensils for orphanages, English-language training, water sanitation and food-processing equipment.

“It’s not a lot of money and it does provide small relief in some cases to completely innocent people,” Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee told Newshub.

Those people, Mr Brownlee said, could do with our help.

“It’s an awful situation there. You’ve got a complete nutter running the place.

Part of the money also went to the New Zealand Diplomatic People’s Republic of Korea Society to buy fertiliser and six 10-horsepower tractor trailer units for a “New Zealand Friendship Farm” – a 935-hectare farm 40 minutes north of Pyongyang. The farm is home to 2000 people and produces rice, maize and potatoes.

The funding was suspended in 2016 after North Korea ramped up its nuclear programme and the Government became concerned about how North Korea was spending money while its people suffered.

Glad they have stopped it. We should not have sent any money there in the first place.

Perhaps Gareth Morgan will step in and donate the same amount since he loves North Korea so much.



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