DELEGATION OF NEW CALEDONIA IN NEW ZEALAND
In November 2012, New Caledonia opened its first overseas diplomatic representation housed in the French Embassy in Wellington. The opening of this New Caledonia Delegation and the appointment of Dr Yves Lafoy as its Official Representative, are the outcomes of a 2012 agreement signed between France and New Caledonia, paving the way for New Caledonia to establish its own Diplomatic network within the Pacific region.
The role of the Delegation of New Caledonia in New Zealand is to supervise bilateral cooperation between New Caledonia and New Zealand, in the economic, cultural, educational, and scientific domains.
The Delegation is a key partner of the 10 Alliances Françaises in New Zealand and the Cook Islands and has already funded and inaugurated two New Caledonian Cultural and Educational Centres at the Alliance Francaise Wellington (2013), Palmerston North (2015) and soon in Christchurch this coming October.
Dr Yves Lafoy has also co-funded two immersion weeks with students from Alliance Francaise in partnership with the CREIPAC (2014 and 2016) as well as the last two editions of the AF FFF, in partnership with Aircalin and New Caledonia Tourism.
In 2016, the Delegation joined the French-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and launched the "NC-NZ Business Club" to help boost bilateral trade and economic exchanges, largely in favour of New Zealand in 2016. This Business club, which meets two to three times a year, is made up of 25 French entrepreneurs based in Auckland who have economic links to New Caledonia or wish to initiate exchanges in a near future.
The delegation has recently co-founded 3 out of 6 New Caledonia companies present at the New Caledonia Tourism NZ stall during the ‘Auckland Food Show’ which attracted more than 30k visitors.
In 2017 the priorities of the Delegation are as follow:
Supporting New Caledonia’s companies in their efforts to assess the New Zealand market;
Facilitating the development of "joint ventures" between New Caledonia and New Zealand companies, together with enhancing skills transfer and investments in New Caledonia;
Promoting New Caledonia as a tourist destination in collaboration with Aircalin, New Caledonia Tourism and Alliances Francaises in New Zealand;
Further promoting New Caledonia’s economic appeal to New Zealand government agencies and companies interested in the New Caledonian market, by raising awareness of the Export Support policy guidelines, amongst other measures;
Increasing exchanges with New Zealand government ministries and agencies to discuss the political and economic implications of New Caledonia’s admission as a full member of the Pacific Islands Forum.