New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu


Bill and His Excellency Abbil cutting ribbons to open sports court

Thankyou for inviting me to participate in the 60th Diamond Anniversary of Onesua Presbyterian College and to open this new multi-purpose sports court.

New Zealand has a close and special relationship with Onesua Presbyterian College and the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu.

This relationship started when the missionary, Peter Milne, came from New Zealand to Nguna Island in 1870 to establish the Presbyterian Mission in Vanuatu.

It grew stronger when New Zealand Presbyterian volunteers and missionaries helped to establish the Onesua Presbyterian College in 1963. Ian Grey, the first Principal. Don Hopkirk, who helped build the school. Rhoda Vickerf and Annie Riach, who were the first matrons.

And it continues today with New Zealand's support for this new multi-purpose sports court.

I would like to acknowledge the role that Mr Graham Kalmar (the Principal of Onesua Presbyterian College), VASANOC, and the Vanuatu Mobile Force have played to build this new sports court.

Onesua Presbyterian College has made an important contribution to Vanuatu. By educating its young men and women. By educating its future leaders. Such as His Excellency the President. And other former students who are present today.

New Zealand is proud to help Onesua Presbyterian College with this important work.

I've spoken of four important things today:

  • The relationship that exists between New Zealand and Onesua Presbyterian College.
  • The good work of Onesua Presbyterian College.
  • The importance of education to Vanuatu's future
  • This new multi-puporse sports court

We must all continue to work together to protect and maintain these important things.

With these words, on behalf of the Government of New Zealand, I am happy to declare that this new multi-purpose sports court for Onesua Presbyterian College is officially opened.

Thankyou very much for your attention.

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