New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu


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.


The New Zealand High Commission wishes to inform the public that as of 29 August 2011, a new fee schedule will apply to the New Zealand Immigration Services when making applications. Different fees are payable for applications based on the citizenship of the principal applicant.


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.

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