Despite the rain, over 200 guests turned up to celebrate Waitangi Day with the New Zealand High Commission on Tuesday night.
Those that attended include the Speaker of Parliament, Esmon Saimon, Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, Minister of Foreign Affairs , Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat, Chief Justice, Vincent Lunabek, and heads of the diplomatic corps.
In his speech New Zealand High Commissioner, Jonathan Schwass highlighted the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi to all New Zealanders and noted that the spirit of partnership which underpins the Treaty also colours New Zealand’s relationships in the Pacific, including with Vanuatu.
“We’re serious about partnerships in the Pacific, just as we are at home.
“They’re something New Zealand actively seeks and they’re something we intend to do well,” Ambassador Schwass said.
The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Saimon in response, commented on the close bilateral relationship Vanuatu and New Zealand share.
He acknowledged the cooperation between New Zealand and Vanuatu on development issues and welcomed the New Zealand Government’s ‘Pacific Reset’.
The New Zealand Commission in Port Vila would like to thank all its guests for attending.