New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu
New Zealand High Commissioner's Speech to commemorate opening of refurbished correctional centre in Luganville
It is an honour for me to represent the New Zealand Government at this ceremony today.
I'm here today to join you in celebrating the opening of this refurbished correctional centre. I'm also here to show my support for the Vanuatu Department of Correctional Services.
On behalf of the New Zealand Government, I would like to thank all of the people who have helped to refurbish this correctional centre.
I would especially like to thank:
- The Vanuatu Government, the SANMA Provincial Government and the Luganville Municipal Council.
- The Director of the Department of Correctional Services and his staff, especially Jacob Bani and Nelson Bani.
- The New Zealand Correctional Services Advisors, especially Toga Va'atu'itu'i and Chris King.
- The chiefs and people of the local community.
- The local business community, who have supported this project by providing building supplies.
- The low risk detainnees who did much of the refurbishment work.
I'm glad that the New Zealand Government, through the New Zealand Aid Programme, has been able to support your leadership and hard work.
I'm glad because the New Zealand Government wants what you want. Like you, we want all of Vanuatu's prisons to be safe, secure and humane. That's why we are pleased to support the refurbishment of the Luganville Correctional Centre.
This project was successful because of your ownership of it, and because of your leadership and hard work.
Some people say that the Department of Correctional Services has a lot of problems, such as what's happening at the High Risk Unit in Port Vila. But I say that this project shows that the Department of Correctional Services, working with the government and local communities, has the solutions to these problems.
I believe that these problems can be solved through leadership and hard work that you have shown refurbishing the Luganville Correctional Centre. The New Zealand Government looks forward to working with you to ensure that all of Vanuatu's prisons are safe and humane as this one.