Mobile money transfers between New Zealand and Fiji


<p style="text-align: justify;">Just before the Rugby World Cup kick off on September 9, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, a Gisborne, New Zealand-based Fiji rugby player, transferred funds to his little village back in Fiji by punching a few keys of his mobile phone. <!--more-->He was using the innovative money transfer M-Paisa text message service through mobile phone – a service that has already been working in Fiji.</p>

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<p style="text-align: justify;">A partnership between Vodafone Fiji and the Auckland headquartered Lotus Foreign Exchange made the M-Paisa money transfer across political borders. The international money transfer service through the mobile phone system was initiated in Auckland City and is reported to be the first such initiative in this part of the world.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“Many Fijians like me who live and work abroad will now benefit from this service, and this opportunity will see many more people sending money home without hassles. Similarly, people in rural areas in Fiji will not have to travel far to receive cash,” Mr Ratuniyarawa told media during the launch.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme, UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), AusAID, the European Capital Development Fund and the European Union have been working together to make money transfer between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific island countries easier and cheaper.</p>
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