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A Letter to the Prime Minister

October 17th, 2010 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

17 October 2010

Dear Mr Key,

As you know, New Zealand has agreed to support the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals to significantly reduce global poverty. In order to reach these crucial goals, we committed in 2000 to giving 0.7 per cent of gross national income in aid by 2015.

I am writing to urge your Government to honour New Zealand’s commitment.

In the MDGs we have an opportunity, unique in history, to join with the rich world to achieve something amazing, something of real substance, but we are a long way from reaching the target we have set ourselves together.

New Zealand currently gives less than 0.3 per cent of GNI and your Government has committed to no timetable to reach the 0.7 target by 2015.

As a Christian I am committed to the MDGs as an important step toward eradicating the horrific poverty so common around our world. I am deeply disappointed that we who are so lucky are not more generous.

The quality of leadership you show on this issue will determine my vote in next year’s election.

Mr Key, please prioritise the poorest of the poor in the next Budget, raise our overseas aid and set a timetable to meet our target of 0.7 per cent of GNI by 2015.

Yours faithfully,

Thalia Kehoe Rowden

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  • 1 Syd Beale Oct 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I have had a reply from John Kee, having passed my letter on to Hon Murray McCully – watch this space.
    I also sent an email to Hon Jonathan Young who advised me to refer to http://www.aid.govt.nz/.
    Perhaps more could write to him.