Germany in the South Pacific
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.
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...
DEG funds electromobility pilot project in Tonga
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.
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.
Visit to Tonga by the President of the German Parliament Prof Dr Norbert Lammert in 2016 [pdf, 243.92k]
Ambassador Thiedemann presents his Letter of Credence to Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi of Samoa
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.
Samoa Observer, 23.10.2016 [pdf, 1,773.59k]
Ambassador Thiedemann presents Credentials to the King of Tonga
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.
"The Solar Nation of Tokelau" Poster [pdf, 139.76k]
Call for Applications: German Fellowships to Meet the Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century
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]
Equipment for pathology laboratory in Samoa
Specimens in the Lab
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:
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...
Tropical Cyclone Pam 2015