24 Jun 2005

NZ provides support for Vanuatu public radio

6:29 pm on 24 June 2005

New Zealand has provided 61,000 US dollars for Vanuatu's public radio to buy two new transmitters.

The transmitters are to improve reception for the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation's radio services in the capital, Port Vila and on Santo.

The New Zealand High Commissioner, Paul Willis, says it is of great importance for an island nation like Vanuatu, spread over thousands of kilometres, that there is a reliable and affordable radio service.

He says an effective medium wave radio service is an essential part of a functioning democracy.