New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji


New Zealand High Commission held a ceremony at the New Zealand Residence on 17th June to launch the distribution of rugby gear to isolated rural schools and women’s rugby.

The rugby gear has been generously donated by Dunedin-based Leslie Rugby, headed by former Otago, Highlanders and Scotland player John Leslie.

Acting Head of Mission, Mark Ramsden said the donation is an inspiring example of cooperation by New Zealand businesses to support and assist rugby in Fiji.


Parliamentary staff from across the Pacific will be hosted by the Office of the Clerk for the 4th New Zealand Parliamentary Study Programme being held in Wellington from 16 to 20 June 2014. 

The purpose of the one week programme is to provide an overview of the New Zealand Parliament and political system. The focus will be on the core roles of the House and its committees in law-making, scrutiny and oversight.  Participants will see the different aspects of the New Zealand Parliament in action and meet with staff and members of Parliament.


The New Zealand High Commission was pleased to participate in the opening of a regional cold storage facility in Nadi, funded through the New Zealand Aid programme.


New Zealand Pacific Scholarships are now available for Fiji citizens to apply for study in 2015 at postgraduate level in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Aid Programme is offering 10 scholarships for postgraduate certificate, diploma, masters, and doctorate level at selected New Zealand universities and technical institutions. The recipients will study in New Zealand’s first rate education system and have access to an influential network of Pacific alumni.


Chairman of the Pacific Development and Conservation (PADEVCON) Trust Peter Kiely is encouraging groups and individuals with an interest in sustainable development and conservation projects to consider applying for grant funding from the Trust.

PADEVCON distributes about $250,000 each year to communities, organisations and individuals in the South Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.


The New Zealand High Commission has continued its support for the development of future Fiji leaders through the Leadership Fiji 2014 programme.

Acting Head of Mission, Mark Ramsden recently presented a cheque for $15,000 to Leadership Fiji. 
“We congratulate Leadership Fiji for its commitment to fostering young leaders” Ramsden said. 

“Leadership Fiji gives a very diverse group of young Fiji leaders the space and tools to think about their role and impact”.


An online toolkit is now available for New Zealand exporters to help tell the New Zealand story overseas.


This is a message from the New Zealand High Commission in Suva to New Zealanders registered as currently being in Fiji. 


Since 1996, the New Zealand High Commission in Suva, Fiji has hosted an end of year function at its Official Residence to recognise the achievements of its graduands under the New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships (NZRDS) programme.


Fiji citizens can now apply for postgraduate study awards at New Zealand institutions for study in 2014.

This follows the announcement made by New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully last month that postgraduate scholarships for students from Fiji would be reinstated.

The New Zealand Aid Programme is offering ten New Zealand Pacific Scholarship awards for Fiji citizens to study in New Zealand in 2014 at postgraduate certificate, diploma, masters, and doctorate level.

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