New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu


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.


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

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