Germany in the South Pacific

Samoa/Upolu - Paradise Beach Enlarge image (© PictureAlliance) The German Embassy in Wellington is not only covering New Zealand, but also the South Pacific Island States of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu. Information on these countries, our bilateral relations and the activities of the German Embassy can be found on the following pages.

Germany in the Pacific

Germany's engagement in Kiribati illustrates its commitment to playing an active role in supporting the region's development. The local marine college - operated mainly by the Hamburg-Süd shipping line - has provided thousands of Kiribati sailors with gainful employment.

German Enviroment State Secretary in Fiji in Preparation of the World Climate Conference

Enlarge image Jochen Flasbarth (l) with the winner of the COP 23 logo competition Maria Pastorizo-Sekiguchi, PM Voreqe Bainimarama and runners-up Mark Philitoga and Shiristy Singh (© German Embassy Wellington) The State Secretary at the Ministry for the Environment, Nature, Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic  of Germany, Mr Jochen Flasbarth, visited the Republic of Fiji from 11 to 13 April 2017 to discuss the upcoming 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is to be held in Bonn in November 2017, and for bilateral discussions. The 23rd session will be under Fijian chairmanship.

Projects in Samoa - Wolfgang Drewes

Wolfgang Drewes, local representative of the  THW (Technical Aid Foundation) from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, has been actively supporting and participating in the rescue services in Samoa for several yers.

Ambassador presents Letter of Credence in Fiji

German Ambassador Mr Gerhard Thiedemann visited the Fiji Islands from 5 to 8 March 2017 on the occasion of presenting his Letter of Credence by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck to President of the Republic of Fiji, HE Jioji Konusi Konrote.

DEG (German Investment- and Delevopment Society Ltd) funds Electromobility Pilot Project in Tonga

The Kingdom of Tonga is an island state in the south-west Pacific with a total surface area of 750 square kilometres and a population of around 110,000 people. The DEG is now funding an electromobilit...

Ambassador Thiedemann presents Letter of Credence to the Queen’s Representative in the Cook Islands, HE Tom Marsters

German Ambassador Mr Gerhard Thiedemann visited the Cook Islands from 12 to 19 November 2016 on the occasion of presenting his Letter of Credence by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck to the Queen’s Representative in the Cook Islands, HE Tom Marsters.

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Visit to Tonga by the President of the German Parliament Prof Dr Norbert Lammert in 2016

The President of the German Parliament Prof. Dr Norbert Lammert visited Tonga in from 8 to 10 October at the invitation by the Lord Speaker of Parliament of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano. He completed a full programme including an audience with Crown Prince Tupouto'a Ulukalala, meetings with Prime Minister Mr Samiuela 'Akilisi Pohiva and Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi and  a church service commemorating the 140 Years Friendship Agreement Germany-Tonga" at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church. He was also present at the signing of a contract for the provision of a solar facility for the Prince Wellington NGU hospital in Vava'u.

Ambassador Thiedemann presents his Letter of Credence to Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi of Samoa

German+Samoan flag Enlarge image (© Colourbox) German Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann visited Samoa from 19 to 22 Oktober 2016 Samoa for the official presentation of his Letter of Credence by Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck to Samoan Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi. Ambassador Thiedemann gave his thanks for the warm welcome and fruitful talks with Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and other leading personalities of the country. The two countries enjoy a long history of friendly bilateral relations beginning in the mid-1800s and consolidated formally in their friendship treaty of 1972. Their mutual priorities today focus on their successful cooperation in the climate change field, conservation and oceanic protection. 

Mr Thiedemann also visited a fisheries project in the village of Falelatei which is supported by Germany in the framework of its bilateral project programme, where he was accompanied by Dr. Wulf Killmann, the GIZ director in the Pacific region.

Ambassador Thiedemann presents Credentials to the King of Tonga

Enlarge image Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann and Honorary Consul Carl Sanft (© German Embassy Wellington) German Ambassador Mr Gerhard Thiedemann visited the Kingdom of Tonga from 17 to 21 September 2016 for the official presentation of his Letter of Credence by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck to the Head of State, His Majesty King Tupou VI.

The ambassador noted his appreciation of the warm reception and fruitful meetings with King Tupou VI and other members of the political leadership of the Kingdom of Tonga. The two countries are looking back on the 140 years of close relations since their friendship treaty was signed in 1876. Today, the bilateral relations focus on the successful development cooperation in the fields of adaption to climate change and environmental/oceanic conservation.

Documentary screening of "The Solar Nation of Tokelau"

This interesting TV documentary was produced for German TV and broadcast by Arte TV, a French-German arts and culture channel, in September 2015. In "The Solar Nation of Tokelau" we learn how a small Pacific island nation switched its power supply to 100% solar energy, thus becoming the first nation in the world to be free of CO-2 emissions and having the most sustainable power generation on earth. Tokelau is one of the small island groups that is most affected by climate change, yet it has given the world an example of how the fight against climate change can effectively be fought by even the smallest countries in the world. 

The event has been organised by Rotary Club Devonport and is supported by the New Zealand German Business Association (German Trade Office). After the 45-minute documentary there will be a panel discussion including Mr Ulli Weissbach who directed the documentary. For more information, please click on the link below.

Call for Applications: German Fellowships to Meet the Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century

Enlarge image Environmental management training programme by the CIPSEM – Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management of the Technische Universität Dresden

The programme offers a range of courses on environmental management, co-financed by the German government.

Courses focus on interdisciplinary strategies and appropriate measures for a preventive and controlling protection of the environment, while taking ecological, socio-economic and cultural aspects into account.

Environmental Management Programme Info Flyer [pdf, 1,050.46k]

Environmental Management Programme Info Flyer [pdf, 1,050.46k]

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Safe water and sanitation after Cyclone Winston

On 20 and 21 February 2016, tropical Cyclone "Winston" hit a number of islands in the South Pacific causing significant damage. More than 350,000 people were affected by the disaster with two thirds l...

Equipment for pathology laboratory in Samoa

Specimens in the Lab Enlarge image Specimens in the Lab (© dpa/pa) The German Embassy in Wellington has recently provided financial assistance to the Pathology Laboratory of the Samoan National Service for the purchase of vital computer equipment. The equipment is being used to ensure fast diagnoses that will also be extended to service rural areas in the future. The project, which is part of the German Government's Small Scale Projects Programme in the Pacific, has been implemented at the same time as the visit by German Pathologist Dr. Gerhard Stauch within the framework of the Senior Expert Services (SES) assignment of assisting the development of a diagnostic pathology system in Samoa. More information can be found in the following three articles in the Samoa Observer that covered the project:

Tropical Cyclone Pam on Tuvalu 14 March 2015

German Embassy supports Tuvalu after Tropical Cyclone Pam

During the night of 14 March 2015, tropical cyclone "Pam" devastated the islands of the small pacific country of Tuvalu with speeds up to 250 km. Thousands of buildings and the livelihood of many were...

Germany in the South Pacific

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German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (GNZCC)

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The German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (GNZCC) in Auckland can help with questions concerning the business relations between Germany and the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Development

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Germany is one of the world’s largest donors of development aid.