The NZDF said the impact of climate change in the Pacific promised to be so extreme that providing humanitarian assistance could limit its ability to perform traditional defence roles.
China’s Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, said the funding is part of the support that the Chinese government announced last month through President Xi Jinping.
Climate change affects agriculture through altered climate and weather patterns such as increased rainfall, extreme heat waves, periods of drought, and fluctuating temperatures.
The director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons said the recent North Korean missile false alert in Hawaii demonstrated how quickly things could go wrong.
The new campaign will hold both consumers and decision-makers accountable, urging the phasing out of single-use plastics such as water bottles and raising awareness of the impact plastic pollution.
The move coincides with growing Western concerns about China’s influence in the South Pacific through its ‘Belt and Road Initiative’.
Acting PM Winston Peters said that the government has already taken action by implementing its Pacific Reset policy.
Among the 537 people swept up in police raids across eight cities and towns on Saturday was Australian Ronda Amy Harman.
Speaking to world leaders at the two-week UN climate conference in Poland, Mr Attenborough said action must be taken now or risk the extinction of ‘much of the natural world’.
China’s Ambassador to Samoa said he was not aware of any negotiations between the two Governments regarding the building of a wharf in Savai’i.