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|Visit to New Caledonia by Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Honourable Steven Ciobo, visited New Caledonia in November 2015.
During his visit, Minister Ciobo met with French High Commissioner Bouvier, President of the Government of New Caledonia Philippe Germain and President of the Congress of New Caledonia, Thierry Santa. Minister Ciobo paid his respects to Kanak culture at the customary senate and met members of the Australia-Pacific Islands Business Council working group. He also officially opened the new chancery of the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea.
Photo 1: Australian Consul-General Paul Wilson, Minister Ciobo, and French High Commissioner Vincent Bouvier.
Photo 2: Minister Ciobo and President of the Governent of New Caledonia Philippe Germain discuss the bilateral relationship between Australia and New Caledonia.
Photo 3: Minister Ciobo exchanges gifts with President of the Congress of New Caledonia Thierry Santa.
Photo 4: Minister Ciobo acknowledges Melanesian culture and tradition during a coutume led by President of the customary senate Gilbert Tein.
Photo 5: Minister Ciobo officially opens the new Australian chancery, with Australian Consul-General Paul Wilson and French High Commissioner Vincent Bouvier.
|Minister for Education and Training visits New Caledonia
Australian Minister for Education and Training, the Honourable Christopher Pyne, visited New Caledonia in September 2015.
Mr Pyne signed, on behalf of the Australia Government, a Memorandum of Understanding with France and New Caledonia. Minister Pyne said “This memorandum of understanding for the inclusion of Australian content in the Baccalaureat represents a significant step in the wider recognition of Australian history and culture in the realm of international education.”
During his visit, Minister Pyne met with French High Commissioner Bouvier, President of the Government of New Caledonia and member responsible for Education Hélène Iekawé. Minister Pyne paid his respects to Kanak culture at Tjibaou Cultural Centre and met representatives of the Australia-New Caledonia Alumni Network. He also met New Caledonian students at Escoffier Hospitality High School and at College George Baudoux, where the first Australian section will be piloted.
Photo 1: Minister Pyne exchanges gifts with President of the Governent of New Caledonia Philippe Germain.
Photo 2: Minister Pyne, President of the Government of New Caledonia Philippe Germain and French High Commmissioner Vincent Bouvier sign the Memorandum of Understanding.
Photo 3: Minister Pyne meets the Choir from College Baudoux which will tomorrow travel to Adelaide for an exchange.
Photo 4: Minister Pyne and delegation are welcomed in a customary ceremony at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre.
Photo 5: Minister Pyne with members of the Australia-New Caledonia Alumni Network, including patron Roch Wamytan.
Canning by-election 2015
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Canning in Western Australia will be held on Saturday 19 September 2015.
|75th anniversary of Australian diplomatic representation in Noumea
The 6 August 2015 marks a milestone in Australian diplomatic representation in Noumea. On 6 August 1940, Australia’s Minister for External Affairs, John McEwen, announced to the Parliament that the Australian Government had appointed Bertram Charles Ballard as Australia’s first official representative in Noumea.
Following his arrival in Noumea in late August 1940, Ballard was tasked by the Australian Government to report on economic and political affairs and, given the geopolitical environment of the day, to encourage wartime cooperation.
Australia’s diplomatic representation in Noumea was its fourth in the world, after London, Washington and Ottawa.
Shortly after Ballard’s arrival, the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide supported New Caledonia’s Ralliement to Free France of 19 September 1940 by escorting Henri Sautot to Noumea aboard Norweigian ship Norden. Following Ballard’s departure in 1943, 27 more Australians have served as Consul-General in Noumea, all working to build bilateral and regional relations.
In marking this milestone, the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea also looks forward to furthering the important and historic relationship between Australia, New Caledonia and France in the Pacific in the years ahead.
Australia's Consul-General to New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna
The Consulate General Noumea team welcomes Paul Wilson, Australia’s new Consul-General to New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
Bastille Day 2015
Australia was represented at Noumea’s Bastille Day celebrations by the National Servicemen’s Pipes and Drums Band, who led the parade. The band delighted the crowds with bagpipe standards, including ‘Waltzing Matilda’.
Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle congratulated the band on their excellent performance. She remarked that the band’s annual visits to New Caledonia reinforce the strong military and cultural links between Australia and New Caledonia.
The band had a very busy program, playing multiple venues including several schools, the Noumea Market, and military bases.
|NAIDOC Week 2015
5-12 July is the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week, where we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is “We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate” which highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual connection to land and sea. In New Caledonia, we will celebrate NAIDOC on the 31 July with a film screening of Charlie’s Country at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre.
11th Australia-New Caledonia Business Forum
The 11th Australia- New Caledonia Business Forum was held for the first time in Noumea, at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Organised by the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC), with a program developed by the APIBC’s Noumea working group, the Forum was an overwhelming success with over 85 people in attendance.
The Forum’s keynote speakers, delivering the inaugural Bertram Ballard address, was the President of the New Caledonian Government, Mr Philippe Germain, and Assistant Secretary Pacific Bilateral and New Zealand Branch, Ms Jenny Da Rin. Forum topics ranged from the bilateral economic relationship and the regional economy, mining and resources, an update on the project into New Caledonian construction standards, and trade success stories.
|Carnival Business Lunch
The P&O cruise ship Pacific Pearl hosted a business lunch as part of the regional economic development week in conjunction with Carnival Australia, the Federation of Industries New Caledonia (FINC) and the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) Noumea working group.
The event gave local industry an opportunity to engage directly with Carnival Australia and to find out more about the economic benefits of cruise tourism. The economic development committee of Wetr, Lifou, headed by committee leader Josiane Kaemo, presented to the gathering on the economic benefits they have experienced from cruise tourism in 20 years of hosting cruise ships.
Pictured: Captain of the Pacific Pearl with Carnival Australia Chief Financial Officer, Wayne Stokes and head of the economic development committee of Wetr, Lifou, Josiane Kaemo.
Australian Business Breakfast
As part of the regional economic development week, around 90 Australian and New Caledonian businesses forged business to business links at an Australian business breakfast.
At the Residence company managers and government representatives heard a keynote address by 1st Vice President for the Southern Province, Martine Lagneau on developing Australian-New Caledonian bilateral relations. Ms Lagneau noted that the Southern Province, is the motor of the New Caledonian economy and will be working to strengthen economic relations between Australia and New Caledonia. Tourism was nominated as a key sector for development, with 18 065 Australian tourists arriving by plane in 2014, while Australians accounted for more than 85% of the 420 000 cruise arrivals in New Caledonia last year.
Australia New Caledonia Business Forum and Austmine mission members participated with visiting officials from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade.
Renowned Australian chef Glenn Austin catered the event, with sponsorship from the Chateau Royal, Qantas, Casino Johnston, Petuna Group and Nestlé.
In her opening speech, Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle remarked that Australian and New Caledonian “goods and services are complementary, and stand to benefit from our respective competitive advantages and the high complementarity index between our economies (ANZ Bank presentation by Daniel Wilson, 4 May 2015).
Images: 1. Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle with Caltrac President Xavier Benoist, Congresswoman Isabelle Lafleur, 1st Vice-President of the Southern Province Martine Lagneau and President of Congress Gael Yanno.
2. Martine Lagneau delivers her keynote address, assisted by interpreter Berenice Etournaud.
Anzac Day 2015
Anzac Day 2015 was commemorated with a Dawn Service at la Croix de Lorraine in Noumea, a ceremony in Bourail and a series of commemorative events in Papeete, Tahiti.
In Papeete, a ceremony was held at the Uranie Cemetery, by the grave of an Australian soldier, Private Robert Fuhrstrom. The soldier’s descendants visited his grave in Tahiti for the first time. In cooperation with Rotary Club, the Australian Consulate-General also held an exhibition about Anzac participation in World War One at the Papeete Town Hall.
Images: 1. Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle, New Zealand Consul-General Justin Fepuleai and High Commissioner Vincent Bouvier lay wreaths.
2. Flag bearers at the Anzac ceremony in Bourail.
3. Martin and Colleen Van Hees pay their respects to Private Robert Fuhrstrom at Uranie Cemetery, Papeete. Private Fuhrstom is Mrs Van Hees’ great-uncle. Pictured with Detective Superintendent Murray Taylor of the Australian Federal Police.
|Australia Day 2015
The Australian Consulate General held a reception to celebrate Australia Day. Each year on January 26, millions of Australians reflect on our national identity, celebrate our achievements and acknowledge the first people of Australia – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In her speech, Consul-General Heidi Bootle noted that “it is a day for reflection, when we think about our evolving identity.”
This year’s event, hosted by Consul-General Heidi Bootle, was attended by more than 150 guests, including High Commissioner of the Republic, Vincent Bouvier, members of the Australia Pacific Island Business Council and the Australia-New Caledonia Alumni Network, as well as key business, trade and cultural contacts. The Australian Consulate General would like to thank GBNC for their sponsorship of the evening and Les Pieds Cassés for their lively performance.
Photo 1: High Commissioner of the Republic Vincent Bouvier, Consul-General Heidi Bootle and Policy Officer Rachel Hopkins
Photo 2: Winners of the Australia Day Quiz with Consul-General Heidi Bootle
Australian Consulate General now in Artillerie
The Australian Consulate General is now located at Level 2, 11 Rue Georges Baudoux (entrance via Rue Georges Baudoux, opposite the ‘Portalis’ building).
A lively “Office warming” with key partners of Australia, including French High Commissioner Vincent Bouvier, members of Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) and the Australia-New Caledonia alumni network (ACDA), marked the first week of operations in the new location.
|President Hollande visits New Caledonia and Australia
President of the French Republic Francois Hollande recently completed his first official visit to New Caledonia and Australia. While in New Caledonia, the President gave a keynote address to members of parliament and other dignitaries and spoke at a high level dialogue on climate change organised and hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Consul General Heidi Bootle participated in his various elements of his program (pictured, centre of photo).
President Hollande was then accompanied by President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch and President of the Government of New Caledonia Cynthia Ligeard to Australia and Wallis and Futuna Member of parliament Napole Polutele . In the first ever visit by a French Head of State, President Hollande said that “France is a good friend of Australia and, indeed, a neighbour here in the Pacific.” (Pictured are President Hollande and President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch.)
154th Melbourne Cup
Australian Consul General, Heidi Bootle, hosted a business-focused event around the 154th Melbourne Cup, with the theme being Australian tourism. Qantas and ANZ were the principal sponsors and the guest of honour was Mr Igor Kwiatkowski, Regional Director of Qantas. Australia’s cultural and sporting event calendar attracts local and international visitors, with the Melbourne Cup Carnival filling 176 000 hotel beds in 2013.
Australian Gastronomy Evening
The Australia-New Caledonia Alumni Network hosted an evening dedicated to gourmet Australian cuisine. The event was sponsored by the Australian Consulate-General and la Vinothèque and was held at hospitality training school Lycée Escoffier.
Australian Maths Competition prize ceremony
This year, nearly 600 candidates sat the 2014 Australian Maths Competition in New Caledonia. After the release of the results, the top students were invited to the prize ceremony.
Australian Consul-General, Heidi Bootle, hosted the 33rd prize ceremony for the maths competition, which is organised in New Caledonia by Nathalie Leroy. The success of the competition has not wavered over the years. This year, 18 students from year 7 to year 12 were rewarded for their efforts.
In her opening speech, Ms Bootle highlighted that Australia offers “cutting edge, world renowned education and training, offered at universities and technical colleges classed amongst the best.
15th Salon de l’Etudiant
The 15th Salon de l’Etudiant was a great occasion for the Australian Consulate-General to promote Australia’s high quality education services. Nine Australian institutions and universities ran stands at the Salon to show case opportunities available for studying in Australia. Australian Trade Commissioner, Adrian Weeks, as well as Alumni members and representatives of the Australian Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) Noumea working group were present at the Australia Unlimited to field questions.
Consul-General, Heidi Bootle and Policy Officer, Ben Fuluhea participated in an interview with NC1ère Radio on education services in Australia.
In her speech at the opening cocktail, Consul-General, Heidi Bootle, highlighted that “encouraging New Caledonians to study in Australia above all enables them to strengthen their abilities and to develop their potential.”
Film Screening at Tjibaou Cultural Centre
Nearly 400 people turned out for the Australian Consulate General’s annual indigenous film screening. Guests enjoyed a fine selection of Australian cheese and wine before watching this year’s film Satellite Boy - a celebration of indigenous culture and traditions. Consul-General Heidi Bootle noted that this year “Australia also honoured indigenous Australians who served in defence of country through the theme of Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond.”
Anzac Day 2014
Anzac Day 2014 was marked by two commemorative ceremonies in New Caledonia.
The ANZAC Day wreath-laying ceremony at the New Zealand War Cemetery in Bourail on 24 April and the Anzac Day Dawn Service and wreath-laying on 25 April at the Croix de Lorraine in Noumea.
The dawn service was attended by officials from the French High Commission, elected members of the New Caledonian Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, war veterans, local schools and more than 200 members of the public.
Anzac Day is a day to remember Australian and New Zealand men and women who have served their countries in times of conflict. In New Caledonia it is an opportunity to acknowledge the close, enduring bilateral relationship between Australia, France and New Caledonia, and our shared history, including in times of conflict.
Image 1: Protocol Rank (from left to right): Representative for the President of the Assembly of the Southern Province, Dominique Daly, Consul-General of New Zealand, Linda Te Puni, Senator for New Caledonia, Hilarion Venedgeou, Deputy of the French Assembly and Mayor of Noumea, Sonia Lagarde, French High Commissioner, Jean-Jacques Brot, Senator for New Caledonia, Pierre Frogier, Consul-General of Australia, Heidi Bootle, Honorary Mayor of Noumea, Jean Leques, Representative for the President of Congress, Pascale Doniguian, Commander of the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia, General Luc de Peron de Revel.