New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu

12-01-11

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.

26-11-10

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.

26-11-10

On 4 November 2010, the Governments of New Zealand and Australia signed an agreement to jointly fund the Vanuatu Women's Centre (VWC) and its provincial branches until June 2012, marking an important step towards strengthening donor harmonisation in Vanuatu. Untill recently, funding to the women's centre was managed separately - with New Zealand Funding the Sanma Counselling Centre in Luganville, Santo since 1995.

26-11-10

From Monday 29 November 2010, a new fee schedule will apply to the provision of New Zealand Immigration visa processing services. Different fees are payable for visa applications based on citizenship of the principal applicant. For Vanuatu and other Pacific Island passport holders, the New Zealand High Commission is advising persons wishing to travel to New Zealand of the following fee changes;

Visitor Visa:  8,030VT

Student Visa:  12,410VT

RSE Limited Purpose Visa:  14,600VT

15-10-10

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Arthur Caulton Edmandley, and the New Zealand High Commissioner, HE Jeff Langley, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Police forces regarding cooperation under the Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP). This will see the PPDVP extended to support the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) as it develops the skills to tackle the growing rate of domestic violence.

15-10-10

On Friday 11 September 2009 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) signed a new package of support for the Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centres Association (VRDTCA).

08-09-10

A Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) worker, ready to work in New Zealand, was the first Ni-Vanuatu to receive a brand new ‘machine readable passport’, courtesy of the New Zealand Government’s NZD$1 million Passport Upgrade Project.  

Production of the new passport marks a new era for Vanuatu's international travellers, who have moved from having hand written passports to a modern machine produced and readable book of international standards.    

12-08-10

At 4.25pm on Wednesday 10 August an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale struck 25km North West of Efate Island, home to Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, and the New Zealand High Commission.  While there have been no incidents of serious injury or major infrastructural damage reported, a number of sizable aftershocks, including a magnitude 6.0 just before 3.30pm local time on Thursday 11 August, have continued to rattle Port Vila.  Although the frequency and size of the aftershocks is reducing, we recommend those planning to travel to Vanuatu check the Ministry of Foreign Af

12-08-10

On Friday 6 August Prime Minister John Key visited Freswota ("Freshwater") School in Port Vila, Vanuatu, accompanied by the Vanuatu Minister of Education, Hon Charlot Salwai, to view first-hand the positive impact New Zealand's assistance to Vanuatu's education sector is having.  During the visit, PM Key toured the school, met with local school children and talked with the School's Principal and staff.  In collaboration with other donors, New Zealand is providing NZ$12m over three years (2010-2012) to support improvements to basic education in Vanuatu.

12-08-10

Prime Minister John Key made a successful three day visit to Vanuatu, 3-6 August, to attend the 41st Pacific Islands Forum, including Leaders' Retreat at Port Havannah.  During the Forum, leaders unanimously accepted New Zealand's offer to host the Pacific Islands Forum in 2011 - the year New Zealand is also to host the Rubgy World Cup.         

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