New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu

Christchurch Earthquake: Vanuatu offers its condolences to New Zealand

The New Zealand High Commission in Port Vila has opened a condolences book for members of the public who wish to offer their sympathy and support for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

The President of the Republic of Vanuatu, His Excellency Iolu Abbil Johnson Kaniapinn, signed the condolences book last Friday, 25th February 2011, in the presence of the New Zealand High Commissioner.

President Abil said, "As a close friend, it is appropriate for us to be by each other's side during such times".

Bill Dobbie, the New Zealand High Commissioner noted that, "this is a sad time for New Zealand, but it is of great comfort to know that Vanuatu stands alongside us".

Members of the public who wish to sign the condolences book may do so at the New Zealand High Commission between the hours of 9:00am to 12:00noon, and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, untill Friday 11 March.

Up-to-date information about the situation in Christchurch is available on the New Zealand Civil Defence website: www.civildefence.govt.nz

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