Remember this, just 10 months ago:
Education Minister Anne Tolley today signed an agreement with Libya’s Secretary for Education and Science Research, Dr Abdulkabir Fakhry, making New Zealand one of only five countries eligible to receive Libyan government scholarship students.
The agreement outlined the basis for New Zealand’s engagement with Libya over the next five years in the educational and scientific fields in both compulsory and tertiary education sectors.
Mrs Tolley said many New Zealand education providers saw big potential in increasing engagement with Libya.
Conservative estimates were that New Zealand stood to get over 300 students a year in fully-funded scholarships worth up to $30m, she said.
“Libya is an emerging education market for New Zealand. It is a nation coming out of a period of international isolation and ready to re-engage with countries like ours.”
By March this year, Tolley wasn’t so keen to talk about the deal:
The New Zealand government is not commenting on whether it will honour a $ 150 million education and science deal it signed with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s Libyan government late last year. … Repeated questions put to Tolley this week by The United Press relating to whether the government will honour the agreement or if it regrets its decision to support Gaddafi’s regime went unanswered.
I wonder if she has anything to say about it now (and I wonder why the NZ media have left it up to the United Chinese Press to ask).