New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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