New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu


The New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) wishes to invite applications for the 2015 funding round of its ‘Small Project Scheme’ (Basket blong Sapotem KomunitiKAMAP /BSK).  


Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee have announced that the HMNZS Canterbury will be sent to Vanuatu to support the recovery effort following Cyclone Pam.



Foreign Minister Murray McCully says a New Zealand C-130 Hercules aircraft has travelled to Tanna Island with relief supplies and the Vanuatu Prime Minister on board.



Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced an additional $1.5 million in Cyclone Pam relief, on top of the $1 million contributed yesterday.  He also announced two more NZ Defence Force (NZDF) relief flights will head to Vanuatu tomorrow.


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The President of Vanuatu, HE Womtelo Reverend Baldwin Jacobson Lonsdale applauds the New Zealand Vanuatu relationship during his Waitangi Day speech, making particular mention of the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme.



New Zealand High Commissioner to Vanuatu, HE Georgina Roberts, spoke about the New Zealand-Vanuatu relationship during Waitangi Day commemorations on 6 February.



The New Zealand Government is funding the Pacific Aviation Charting And Procedures Project to enhance safety at selected aerodromes in the Pacific including Vanuatu.  Safety is improved through more accurate surveying of runway dimensions, runway coordinates, and checking for obstacles (eg. terrain, structures, and vegetation) that could encroach on the flight paths of aircraft.


The succesful recipients of the New Zealand Government-funded scholarships were farewelled by High Commissioner Georgina Roberts and Minister of Education Bob Loughman at a Pre-Departure event last month.


The Recognised Seasonal Employer: Strengthening Pacific Partnerships (SPP) quarterly update has been released. The SPP, funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, provides technical and capacity building to assist Pacific countries with the RSE scheme. The quarterly update includes an article on Seasonal Solutions and other information relevant to the RSE in Vanuatu.

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