New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu


Speaking notes for New Zealand Aid Programme Manager, Ginny Chapman for the opening of the new VITE classroom sponsored by VERM partners


Honourable Minister of Education


New Zealand High Commissioner, Bill Dobbie


Director of General, Ministry of Education, Jesse Dick


Director, Department of Education, Roy Obed


Director, Vanuatu Institute of Teachers Education, Mr. Jean Marie Virelala



Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully today announced New Zealand is contributing $17 million toward improving shipping services and port facilities in Vanuatu.

The Vanuatu Inter-Island Shipping Support Project is a joint initiative between New Zealand, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Vanuatu.

“Shipping services are a lifeline in the Pacific, connecting communities, moving goods to market and supporting the tourism industry,” Mr McCully says.


It is an honour for me to represent the New Zealand Government at the opening of this Strategic Tourism Stakeholders Forum, which will discuss the future direction of the tourism sector in Vanuatu.

I understand that you will be discussing and providing feedback on a draft Strategic Tourism Action Plan.

This is an important document, and it needs to be informed by your views as representatives of Vanuatu's tourism sector. And as individuals who want to see tourism grown in Vanuatu in a way that is sustainable and that benefits the country and its people.


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.


New Zealand High Commissioner to Vanuatu, HE Bill Dobbie attended the first ever Vanuatu Government Council Of Ministers' (COM) meeting to be held outside the capital Port Vila in April 2013. The COM was held at TORBA Province, Vanuatu's most northern provincial group of islands.


Hon Tim Groser, the New Zealand Minister of Trade and a candidate for the position of the Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), met today with Prime Minister Sato Kilman and Deputy Prime Minister Ham Lini. They discussed a range of regional and multilateral trade issues.


Speech delivered by New Zealand High Commissioner HE Bill Dobbie, on February 6 to commemorate Waitangi Day 2013.


The New Zealand High Commission wishes to inform the public that from Tuesday 28 August 2012, the receiving office for New Zealand visa applications for people applying form Vanuatu is changing.


The Governments of Vanuatu and New Zealand hosted a small celebration in Port Vila last week to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Recognised Seasonal Employmer (RSE) scheme.

Since the commencement of the RSE in 2007, over 11,000 RSE job placements have been taken by local Ni Vanuatu workers, who have in turn brought back new skills and their savings.


The New Zealand High Commissioner, Bill Dobbie, officially opened a newly built aid post for the community of Saama, North Efate on Friday 27 April 2012.

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