New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji


It is indeed very true that proper reading is critical to a good education. With assistance from the New Zealand High Commission (NZHC), a number of schools in rural areas are now making use of the available resources in their school libraries.

One such school is Turagarua Primary School located in the interior of Wainibuka in the province of Tailevu. The school building, which accommodates 78 students, is made of concrete, wood and bamboo.


An updated library collection is encouraging reading skills at a junior high school on the outskirts of Seaqaqa.

The principal of Nabala Junior Secondary School, Ms Jacquelin Low, thanked the New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) for their donation of fiction and non fiction books for the school library.

The school is classified as a Rural 2 school under Ministry of Education regulations. It has a roll of 120 students but the school could not afford updated editions of reading and reference materials due to limited funds.


It was a proud moment for the winners of the secondary school essay competition when they were honoured with certificates, rewards, and trophies on 17 July. The ceremony was held at the New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) Residence and attended by students, teachers, parents and other guests.

The High Commission joined hands with Fiji Association of Auckland in providing the opportunity for high school students across the country to show their essay writing skills.

The essay competition also marked the 40th Anniversary of Fiji’s Independence.


Following last year’s highly successful competition, the Fiji Association in Auckland Inc, in conjunction with the New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) in Suva, organised a secondary school essay competition in early March this year.

This competition also marks the fortieth anniversary of Fiji’s independence.

Entrants were asked to write about Fiji’s role in international organisations and/or regional interaction on key issues such as environment, gender and social concerns.


It was a big boost in terms of good education and proper sleeping conditions for the students of Nalotawa District School when they were donated bunks and bedding for the school dormitories.

New Zealand High Commission in Suva under its small grants scheme donated 20 new wooden bunks, 40 mattresses and bedding material for the school dormitories.

Acting Head of Mission, Mr Phillip Taula travelled to the remote school in the interior highlands of Ba to officially present the bedding to the needy students.


A productive partnership between the Fiji Water Foundation, New Zealand High Commission and the people of Nananu Village in Tailevu was celebrated on Thursday June 24th with the opening of the village’s “Gaunavou” Kindergarten - a $35,000 project.


New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) continues to support as a major sponsor the Leadership Fiji programme. This year NZHC under the Head of Mission Fund granted $10,000 to further the work of Leadership Fiji. The High Commission has been a sponsorship of its programme since 2002.


Assistance to children’s education has been a big focus of New Zealand Development Assistance program in the Pacific for many years.

These were the words of New Zealand High Commission’s acting Head of Mission, Phillip Taula, during his course of visits to the Western Division recently.

Mr Phillip visited a number of schools which were assisted under the Head of Mission’s small grants funding scheme.


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12 May 2010 - New Zealand and Australia are working together to continue to assist the people of Fiji to rebuild damaged homes, schools and health centres affected by Tropical Cyclone Tomas.

The cyclone caused significant damage to homes, schools and health facilities when it struck Fiji from 14 to 16 March, directly affecting over 39,000 people.


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