New Caledonia and New Zealand artists once again came together this week in a fusion of musical talents thanks to a New Zealand Artist in Residence week organized by the Siapo Arts Collective. New Zealand harpist Natalia Mann spent the week collaborating with well known local musician Tyssia Gatuhau Wahnawé, delighting public with live improvisations and performances at venues throughout Greater Noumea including a special visit to perform for the children at Magenta Hospital.
Linda Te Puni, New Zealand Consul General, and Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), signed a new grant funding agreement last Friday totalling NZD 13.89 million over the period 2014 to 2016.
Scholarships for New Zealand's Short-Term Training Awards programme are now open for young New Caledonian applicants. These highly sought-after scholarships offer the opportunity to develop professional skills in New Zealand and contribute to the development of New Caledonia. For more info click here.
Applications for Wallis and Futuna and French Polynesia will soon be opened.
As part of his visit to New Caledonia from 30 November - 1 December, M Kader Arif, French Associate Defence Minister with responsibility for Veterans’ Affairs, paid his respects at the New Zealand Cemetery near Bourail.
Eleven students form the French Pacific Territories – three from French Polynesia, six from New Caledonia and two from Wallis & Futuna have received Short Term Training Awards (STTA) to study in New Zealand for up to a year.