Project: Niue - Review of Aide Arrangement

Country:

Niue

Role:

Team Leader

Funding Agency:

NZAid

In-Country Agency:

Government of Niue

Date:

August-2011

Duration (months):

3

Consultants:

Lloyd Powell

Comments:

Following
the devastation caused by Cyclone Heta in 2004 the governments of New Zealand
(GONZ) and Niue (GON) entered into the Halavaka Arrangement for the purpose of
supporting reconstruction and provide development assistance in general. Lloyd
was the team leader for the review of this arrangement. The relationship
between GONZ and GON had become strained during and after the Halavaka
Arrangement period so sensitivity was required to enable full and frank
communications with both parties. The review reported that while the intent of
the individual parts of the HA had been reasonably achieved it had been somewhat
aspirational in nature and avoided historic frustrations over interpretations
of the constitutional arrangements between the two countries. Loosely defined
aspirational statements within the context of a fundamentally different view of
constitutional accountabilities could only ever lead to frustrations