New Zealand Consulate-General Noumea, New Caledonia


On Monday 5 January 2015, Justin Fepuleai took up his position as New Zealand Consul-General for New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis & Futuna.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed New Zealand taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says.

“The Security Council is currently considering some of the most pressing issues the international community faces, including; the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, ISIL, and Ebola.


On Tuesday 16 December 2014, the state representative (High Commissioner Vincent Bouvier), the Commander of the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia (General e Revel)  and local authorities, public and private sector representatives as well as friends gathered at the New Zealand  residence to bid farewell to Linda Te Puni, New Zealand Consul General to the French Pacific.


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.


New Zealand has secured a place on the United Nations Security Council for 2015-16.

Read the Prime Minister's media release


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.

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