New Zealand Embassy Ha Noi, Viet Nam
New Zealand Navy Ship Visits Ho Chi Minh City
The Royal New Zealand Navy Ship, Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) TE MANA with a crew of 25 officers and 102 sailors is making a five-day goodwill visit to Viet Nam from 24 to 29 April 2013. It is the fifth New Zealand naval ship visit to Viet Nam - the last occurred in 2011.
During the ship’s visit, senior officers will pay courtesy calls on navy counterparts and the local People's Committee.
Outreach activities undertaken in association with the visit will include a visit to Ba Chieu Home for disadvantaged and homeless girls to assist with the renovation of buildings there. The home was set up in 1996 with initial funding from the New Zealand Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and has been supported by the New Zealand community for a number of years.
Crew members will also have the chance to visit ACG International School Viet Nam - New Zealand’s largest investment in Viet Nam and one of the largest international investments in the education sector in the country, providing international education from Kindergarten to Senior School level.
Members of the crew will also be able to engage in less formal events ranging from sports activities with local teams through to social functions hosted on-board the ship.
“Regular RNZN ship visits are part of the regular fabric of our defence relationship”, said New Zealand Ambassador to Viet Nam H.E Mr Haike Manning. “They underline the positive New Zealand – Viet Nam defence cooperation relationship, recently reaffirmed during the March 2013 visit to New Zealand by Minister of Defence and Member of the Communist Party Politburo, H.E. General Phung Quang Thanh”.