New Zealand Consulate-General Noumea, New Caledonia


French President François Hollande made a brief visit to New Caledonia following the G20 meeting in Brisbane, with a full day of engagements on Monday 17 November.  Consul General Linda Te Puni participated in different elements of his programme.


New Zealand yacht Crusader skippered by Anthony Leighs took out line honours in the 4th edition of the Groupama Round New Caledonia Race that took place late October, setting a new race record of  three days, 18 hours and 54 minutes.  Leighs and his crew beat the existing race record by about 4 ½ hours.                       

Go the Kiwis!






Consul General Linda Te Puni made a farewell visit to French Polynesia 2-5 December. She was hosted by President Edouard Fritch and a number of his cabinet. The relationship between French Polynesia and New Zealand is a very warm one, based on strong cultural and historical links and with strong commercial ties - French Polynesia is currently New Zealand’s third largest export market in the Pacific region.


On Wednesday 10 December the New Zealand Consulate General co-hosted the Noumea premiere of The Battle of Five Armies, the final in the Hobbit trilogy. VIP guests were invited to this event and the 160 public seats were quickly sold out to Hobbit fans, many dressed as their favourite characters. The event was also generously supported by Fonterra who provided a range of New Zealand cheeses to accompany the New Zealand salmon and wine offer to guests by the Consulate.


This article was originally published 3 March 2014

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This year’s Short Term Training Award recipients comprise 12 students from the three provinces of New Caledonia (Northern Province, Southern Province and Loyalty Islands Province), three students from French Polynesia and one from Wallis and Futuna.


New Zealand educational institutions including several language schools, high schools and universities participated in the annual Salon de l’Etudiant on the 29-30 August at the Student Campus of the University of New Caledonia at Nouville

This was an opportunity for New Zealand institutions to present to New Caledonian students the wide range of study opportunities and career pathways they can offer.


The HMNZS Canterbury is an integral part of this year’s Exercise Southern Cross involving ten countries, with the presence of a significant overall New Zealand Defence Force contingent. 


Anzac ceremonies were held at the New Zealand war Cemetery at Bourail on 24 April and at a dawn service in Noumea at the Croix de Lorraine Memorial on 25 April.

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