3 Jan 2018

Vanuatu to open diplomatic mission in NZ

8:30 am on 3 January 2018
Ralph Regenvanu

Ralph Regenvanu Photo: WikiCommons / Marke Lowen

Vanuatu has appointed the country's first High Commissioner to New Zealand.

The Daily Post reports that Johnson Naviti, who is a former director-general in the Prime Minister's Office, has been chosen for the post.

The Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu said New Zealand was not only a good friend to Vanuatu but also a very important partner, especially after the two sides signed the seasonal work scheme RSE in 2007.

New Zealand employs 4,000 ni-Vanuatu workers under the programme and Mr Regenvanu said the time was right for the first Vanuatu High Commissioner's Office to be opened in Wellington.