New Zealand hosts conventional weapons conference

New Zealand is hosting 14 Pacific countries at the Pacific Conference on Conventional Weapons Treaties in Auckland from 12 to 14 February. New Zealand’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fletcher Tabuteau, formally welcomed delegates to the Conference with a reception in Auckland. “The Conference provides an opportunity to reinforce the importance our region places on enhancing human security and protecting our peoples from harm,” said Mr Tabuteau. “It further reaffirms the role that the Pacific can play in protecting and strengthening global norms and in advancing the scope and span…

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Combined NZ-Fiji Patrols End on High Note

The combined maritime patrols between New Zealand and Fiji involving HMNZS Hawea have ended on a high note, with about 550 vessels boarded and 110 alleged infringements detected over the past seven months. Fiji authorities said the combined patrols contributed to their country’s maritime security and supported ongoing efforts to upskill Fijian Navy sailors. “They have supported the protection, conservation and sustainable management of Fiji’s vast oceans and its fishery resources,” Captain Humphrey Tawake, Fiji’s Chief of Navy, said. About 50 Fijian Navy sailors, 27 Customs Officers and 19 Fishery…

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Australia and Fiji Reaffirm Strengthening Security Relationship

Australia and Fiji have reaffirmed our two nations’ commitment to strengthening our defense relationship following a successful bilateral defense ministers’ meeting in Nadi today. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Fiji’s Minister for National Security and Defence, the Hon Ratu Inoke Kubuabola MP, discussed our growing bilateral defence relationship and regional security interests. The program included a meeting with Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, and a tour of Fiji’s Blackrock peacekeeping training facility. “Fiji is an important partner to Australia…

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HMNZS Hawea Assists Stricken Fijian Fishing Vessel

Kiwi ingenuity and good training came to the rescue when crew members of the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea helped a stricken Fijian fishing boat while conducting fisheries patrols on Tuesday. Lieutenant Brock West, the Commanding Officer of Hawea, said a boarding team that included representatives from Fiji’s Ministry of Fisheries and New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries were patrolling near Musket Cove, about 28 kilometers west of Nadi, when they spotted two boats at anchor and roped together. “The team went over to conduct an…

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NZDF’s Maritime Patrols in Fiji Detect More Infringements

A combined team from the New Zealand Defence Force, the Ministry for Primary Industries and Fijian Government agencies boarded 51 vessels and detected five alleged infringements during the latest patrol of Fiji’s maritime water aboard Royal New Zealand Navy ship HMNZS Hawea. The number of vessels boarded has reached almost 500 since the maritime security and fisheries patrols started more than five months ago. Lieutenant Brock West, the Commanding Officer of Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea, said the latest alleged infringements included fishing without a license, dumping rubbish at sea,…

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Bellingham Marine Launches Deeper into the South Pacific with New Plant in Fiji

The island nation of Fiji is thriving in its seventh straight year of economic growth. From textiles to sugar, one of Fiji’s fastest growing sectors is manufacturing. The country has now expanded into pontoon manufacturing with the announcement of the partnership between Bellingham Marine and Marine Structures and Consultancy (MSC) Limited. Two of the country’s best-known marine service operators, Hall Dredging and Bob Oldham recently took control of MSC. Both have worked on Bellingham projects over the years and maintain an excellent working relationship with Bellingham Marine New Zealand (BMNZ). In the final week…

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Pacific protection paramount in counter proliferation

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials. The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks, tools and capabilities to counter illicit weapons of mass destruction-related trade across the globe. Participants will take part in academic sessions, a table top…

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