Don Clarke has been director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s NZAID Global Group since the agency was established in 2002.
NZAID Global group has an annual budget of well over $300 million p.a.
I have just sent this email to NZAID.
Attention Don Clarke
Dear Mr Clarke
According to the CID website
CID administers the Travel Fund at the request of NZAID to assist New Zealand NGOs to participate in significant international development conferences, meetings or workshops on development
Please note this allocation from the CID NGO Travel Fund listed in CID’s 2007 Annual Report.
Latin America Solidarity Committee – Richard Jeffrey to attend the Encuentro of the Zapatista Communities with the Peoples of the World conference to be held in Chiapas Province, Mexico, 21-31 July 2007 $3,500
Could you please tell me why NZAID/taxpayers money is funding travel to Zapatista run “Encuentros“?
What does such travel contribute to New Zealand’s foreign aid programme?
The Zapatistas have in the past, murdered Mexican civilians and soldiers.
Their current relations with the Mexican government are at best tense.
As Mexico is a friend and valued trading partner of New Zealand, why is NZAID funding travel to Zapatista events?
How does it serve New Zealand’s interest to be giving taxpayers money to Zapatista supporters?
Is the Mexican government aware that mr Jeffrey’s travel was funded by NZAID?
Your prompt reply to these questions would be much appreciated.