New Zealand High Commission Port Vila, Vanuatu

New Zealand and Vanuatu

New Zealand’s links with Vanuatu are long-standing, dating back to Bishop Selwyn and the founding of the Melanesian Mission in 1849. Diplomatic relations were established following Vanuatu’s independence in 1980. A resident New Zealand High Commission was established in 1987 in Port Vila, with accreditation prior to that coming from Honiara. Both countries enjoy a regular programme of high-level visits and exchanges, and have been working together to develop a number of bilateral initiatives aimed at strengthening the relationship and supporting Vanuatu’s development goals. 

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