New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu


On 1 June 2011, as a result of increasing activity at the Mount Yasur Volcano on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu authorities raised the volcanic alert hazard rating to Level Three. A 500 metre exclusion zone is in place and visitors are advised to stay away from the volcano until further notice.

For further information, please visit the Vanuatu Meteorological and Geohazards' website:


The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will be providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Santo from 28 April until 10 May as part of the Pacific Partnership Exercise, the New Zealand High Commissioner, Bill Dobbie, announced.

"The Pacific Partnership is an annual United States-Led humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise that takes place in a number of Pacific Island Countries", Mr. Dobbie said.


The highly successful "Pacific Partnership Exercise 2011" has concluded on Santo, Vanuatu.  The exercise involved a variety of humanitarian and disaster response activities including rebuilding and refurbishing schools, the provision of toilets, water tanks and water supply systems, medical clinics, surgeries and dentistry, and disaster response training.  Now in its sixth year, Pacific Partnership 2011 is aimed at strengthening regional relationships with nations that might be called upon to respond to natural or humanitarian disasters in the region.   Count


With services around the world to commemorate the tragic events of Galipoli and the wars that followed on ANZAC Day 2011, a hidden from view Royal Navy sailor was remembered in Vanuatu.

After the main dawn service was held at the Port Vila Cenotaph, the New Zealand High Commissioner, Bill Dobbie led a delegation to pay respect to Petty Officer, Terence A.T Hutchins (RNZN), HMNZS Achilles (RNZN), who died of illness on 22 May 1942.


Do you need funding for conservation, cultural, or development projects? The Pacific Development Conservation Trust (PDCT) funds a range of conservation, cultural heritage, development and goodwill projects in the South Pacific. Projects must be based in the South Pacific and can also be in New Zealand.

The projects must be charitable and benefit to Vanuatu. The Trust has $250,000 each year to distribute. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount. Grants made range from NZ$2000-$50,000.


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.


Prime Minister John Key today launched the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, a global fundraiser for the recovery effort in the city and the Canterbury region.

"It's vital we reach as many people throughout the world as possible who want to help. This isn't just New Zealand's tragedy-the February 22 earthquake affected countless people internationally.


New Zealand's new High Commissioner to Vanuatu, William (Bill) Dobbie, presented his credentials to the President of Vanuatu, Johnson Abill Kaniapinn, on Tuesday 01 February 2011.  The ceremony was held at the State Nakamal (meeting place) at the presidential offices.


Please note that the tropical depression in the vicinity of Vanuatu (near Erromango island) has strengthened into a Tropical Cyclone ('TC Vania'). TC Vania is slowly moving South West at 5 knots in the direction of New Caledonia and is expected to be located just North of the Loyalty Islands by 7am Vanuatu time, 9am NZ time, tomorrow.

We recommend that all New Zealanders in the vicinity of TC Vania (those South of Efate) follow all advice/instructions issued by local authorities including on evacuation, and monitor news/weather/hurricane reports closely to keep up to date.


The Tafea Tourism Council (TTC) on Tanna Island and the Tapelaika Women's Club on Nguna Island signed funding arrangements with the New Zealand High Comnmission on Tuesday 9 November 2010.  A total of VT3.5 million was approved for a project to strengthen TTC's capacity to support tourism businesses in Tafea Province, and VT1.9 million for the completion of the Tapelaika women's club house. Funding for these projects was provided through the New Zealand Aid Programme Small Projects Scheme (SPS) facility, with endorsement from the Government of Vanuatu.

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