New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu


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.


The Vanuatu Meteorological Service has issued a tropical cyclone warning for Tropical Cyclone Jasmine.

It forecasts that the system is expected to intensify as it tracks east towards Vanuatu. Hurricane force winds, heavy rain and high seas are anticipated.

All New Zealand and British citizens located in Vanuatu are advised to prepare themselves in the event of a tropical cyclone.

For advice on what to do, and to review Vanuatu's Cyclone Safety Procedures, please refer to pages 20-25 of the Vanuatu phone book.


The body of the late Dick Eade, one of the first agents to send local Ni-Vanuatu employees to New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme, was laid to rest on Friday 6 January 2012 in the country which he himself called 'home'.


Twenty-five students from Vanuatu are about to start their studies at Pacific regional institutions in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa under the New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships (NZRDS) program for 2012.

As described in the Joint Commitment for Development signed between Vanuatu and New Zealand in October last year, the purpose of the scholarships programme is to increase economic development through a better trained workforce.


Today the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) signed a Grant Funding Arrangement with the National Bank of Vanuatu (NBV) to support Financial Literacy and Business Training throughout rural Vanuatu.

MFAT has agreed  to provide up to $NZD 1.5 million in grant aid over three years (2012-2014) towards the delivery of Financial Literacy and Business Training which will be conducted in 27 locations throughout the NBV's rural network.


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:


Improvements to the Luganvillle Correctional Facility (kalabus), on the island of Santo were opened at a ceremony held on 21 November. The New Zealand Government provided about VT 5 million for the improvements, which enable the prison to hold 80 detainees, including high, medium and low-risk, plus remanded and female detainees (remand detainees are those who are waiting to go to court or have been convicted and are waiting to be sentenced). The cost was kept down through the  labour contributed by low-risk detainees, who were able to practice carpentry skills during the project.


The New Zealand High Commissioner, Bill Dobbie, officially handed over the HOMF funded Ekipe Solar Power Project on the 26th of August 2011 at Ekipe Centre School, situated more than 80 kilometres North of Efate Island. Over 400 members of the community and students, with respective leaders from the nearby villages and the High Commission's Head Of Mission Fund (HOMF) Manager, Joel Jonas were present to witness the event.

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