New Zealand Consulate-General Noumea, New Caledonia


New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon Murray McCully visited French Polynesia 1-4 December, his first visit to this overseas country of France. 


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.


Consul General Linda Te Puni met with recently elected President of Congress Roch Wamytan to discuss strengthening parliamentary ties between New Caledonia and New Zealand. 


New Zealand educational institutions including several language schools, high schools and universities will participate in the annual Salon de l’Etudiant 30-31 August at the University of New Caledonia.  This is an opportunity for New Zealand institutions to present to New Caledonian students the wide range of study opportunities and career pathways they can offer.  New Zealand has been a regular participant in this event for the past 12 years, with a growing presence each year.


NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research of New Zealand, has just completed a two-year collaboration with the European Union (EU) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Wallis and Futuna to deliver a programme to reinforce the safety of people and infrastructure against natural disasters.


The HMNZS CANTERBURY is visiting Noumea from 25 July to 26 July 2013.  The ship is on its way to the Solomon Islands to participate in Exercise Pacific Partnership 2013, and will embark a French Armed Forces PUMA 3 helicopter on the stopover.


A 16-member New Caledonian delegation comprising mayors from around New Caledonia and government officials visited Wellington and Taupo from 23 to 29 June to study New Zealand’s water and waste water regulatory framework and policy implementation.


Consul General Linda Te Puni made an official visit to Wallis 12-15 June, during the course of which she made calls on the  King of Wallis, the Prefet (representing the French state) , the new President of the Territorial Assembly (the first woman to hold the position) and a range of  political and economic contacts, including local entrepreneurs.



Consul General Linda Te Puni made an official visit to Ouvea 28-30 June, where she met with representatives of the municipal and provincial administrations, local women’s association, Association for the Safeguard of Biodiversity and former HOMF beneficiaries and Short Term Training Award recipients. 

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