The report presents the findings of an independent evaluation of New Zealand’s support for the Kiribati Marine Training Centre (MTC) from 2010 to 2014. The purpose of the evaluation is to provide information to assist MFAT to review its engagement with the MTC, and plan its assistance for the next five years. Support was examined against four criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and impact, based on an evaluative rubric defining levels of performance. Thirty-three stakeholders were interviewed in Kiribati, and 18 stakeholders in New Zealand and Fiji. The interview data were supplemented by administrative data, document review and relevant literature.
New Zealand‘s support to the MTC is found to be very relevant and its impact is fully achieved. The effectiveness and efficiency of MTC support is mostly achieved.
A significant risk to the future viability of MTC training and the employment of I-Kiribati seafarers is identified, namely, retention of the White List status awarded to Kiribati by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The report recommends that the Governments of Kiribati and New Zealand collaborate to ensure the work needed to comply with IMO requirements is completed in the required timeframe.
The evaluation findings show that MTC support is contributing to tangible economic and social benefits for Kiribati on a number of levels - skill development and international qualifications for individuals, remittances for extended families, and a domestic marine workforce supporting government and local enterprise.