Australian Consulate-General
Noumea, New Caledonia
Address: Norwich Building, Level 2, 11 rue Georges Baudoux, Artillerie, Noumea, New Caledonia - Tel: +687 27 24 14


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Anzac Day 2015 - New Caledonia

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, the birth of the Anzac tradition. The Consul Generals of Australia and New Zealand invite the public to the following services:

  • Dawn Service on 25 of April at 06h00 at the Croix de Lorraine in Noumea
  • Commemorative service on 24 April at 09h00 at the New Zealand War Cemetery at Nessadiou, Bourail.

Anzac Day 2015 - French Polynesia

  • Commemorative service 25 April at 08h30 at the Uranie Cemetery in Tahiti.
  • The exhibition Anzac Day et Papeete: Mémoires de la Premiere Guerre Mondiale will be shown at the Town Hall of Papeete, from the 21st-30th of April.

Trade Week 2015

Australia and New Caledonia share a dynamic trade relationship across many sectors with high potential for future growth. A series of activities to promote Australian-New Caledonian trade and economic relations will take place in Noumea 4-8 May. The Australia-New Caledonia Business Forum will be held on the Monday 4 May, followed by trade and industry related activities throughout the week. This will include tours of New Caledonian businesses, appearances by renowned Australian chef Glenn Austin, and a visit from a delegation of Austmine members (Australia’s peak body for the mining equipment, technology and services sector). The Australian Consulate-General is supporting these events in association with the Australian Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) and the Federation des Industries Nouvelle-Calédonie (FINC).

Download the registration form for the Australia-New Caledonia Business Forum

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Official visit to French Polynesia

As part of reinforcing the ongoing bilateral relations between Australia and French Polynesia, Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle met with a range of French Polynesian interlocutors during her official visit in February. It was an opportunity to meet with the new President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, elected in September 2014, as well as French High Commissioner to French Polynesia, Lionel Beffre. The visit was an occasion to discuss pertinent topics for French Polynesia, including tourism and education.

Photo 1: Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle meets with President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch.

Photo 2: Official opening of the Student Fair:
(L-R) Minister of Employment Tea Frogier, Deputy Mayor of Papeete Danièle Teaha, Minister of Education Nicole Sanquer, French High Commissioner to French Polynesia Lionel Beffre, Medef President Olivier Kressman, Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle and President of the University of French Polynesia Eric Conte.

Complete photo gallery

Raiatea: Inauguration of project "Sailing for all"

In partnership with the Raiatea Rotary Club and the Utoroa municipality, the Australian Consulate General helped fund the aquisition of two yachts customised for people with disabilities. The project, initiated by the RYC - Raiatea Yacht Club - encourages young polynesians into nautical sports and contributes to the development of parasports. Australian Consul General Heidi Bootle, participated in the official inauguration of the two boats and had the opportunity to test them out.

Australia Day 2015

The Australian Consulate General held a reception to celebrate Australia Day. Each year on January 26, millions of Australians reflect on our national identity, celebrate our achievements and acknowledge the first people of Australia – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In her speech, Consul-General Heidi Bootle noted that “it is a day for reflection, when we think about our evolving identity.”

This year’s event, hosted by Consul-General Heidi Bootle, was attended by more than 150 guests, including High Commissioner of the Republic, Vincent Bouvier, members of the Australia Pacific Island Business Council and the Australia-New Caledonia Alumni Network, as well as key business, trade and cultural contacts. The Australian Consulate General would like to thank GBNC for their sponsorship of the evening and Les Pieds Cassés for their lively performance.

Consul-General’s full speech

Photo 1: High Commissioner of the Republic Vincent Bouvier, Consul-General Heidi Bootle and Policy Officer Rachel Hopkins

Photo 2: Winners of the Australia Day Quiz with Consul-General Heidi Bootle

Messages of Condolence

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has condemned the horrific attack in Paris. In his press statement, the Prime Minister said “the thoughts of all Australians are with the families of those who have lost their lives in this barbaric act. Australia stands with the people and the government of France at this difficult time.”

Australian Consul-General in Noumea Heidi Bootle joins other authorities in Noumea in expressing her condolences to the French government, citizens and communities around the world after the horrific attack. Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the victims of this crime. French and New Caledonian authorities will fly flags at half-mast today, and observe a moment of silence at midday.

Australian Consulate General now in Artillerie

The Australian Consulate General is now located at Level 2, 11 Rue Georges Baudoux (entrance via Rue Georges Baudoux, opposite the ‘Portalis’ building).

A lively “Office warming” with key partners of Australia, including French High Commissioner Vincent Bouvier, members of Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) and the Australia-New Caledonia alumni network (ACDA), marked the first week of operations in the new location.


Pacific Economic Cooperation Council Seminar

Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle spoke at the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) seminar held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). She outlined Australia’s energy policy including the upcoming Energy White Paper and Australia’s support in the Pacific to assist countries to meet their long term energy needs.

Speech delivered by the Consul-General

Australia’s Energy Transition Presentation

President Hollande visits New Caledonia and Australia

President of the French Republic Francois Hollande recently completed his first official visit to New Caledonia and Australia. While in New Caledonia, the President gave a keynote address to members of parliament and other dignitaries and spoke at a high level dialogue on climate change organised and hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Consul General Heidi Bootle participated in his various elements of his program (pictured, centre of photo).

President Hollande was then accompanied by President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch and President of the Government of New Caledonia Cynthia Ligeard to Australia and Wallis and Futuna Member of parliament Napole Polutele . In the first ever visit by a French Head of State, President Hollande said that “France is a good friend of Australia and, indeed, a neighbour here in the Pacific.” (Pictured are President Hollande and President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch.)

154th Melbourne Cup

Australian Consul General, Heidi Bootle, hosted a business-focused event around the 154th Melbourne Cup, with the theme being Australian tourism. Qantas and ANZ were the principal sponsors and the guest of honour was Mr Igor Kwiatkowski, Regional Director of Qantas. Australia’s cultural and sporting event calendar attracts local and international visitors, with the Melbourne Cup Carnival filling 176 000 hotel beds in 2013.

Speech delivered by Heidi Bootle

Australian Gastronomy Evening

The Australia-New Caledonia Alumni Network hosted an evening dedicated to gourmet Australian cuisine. The event was sponsored by the Australian Consulate-General and la Vinothèque and was held at hospitality training school Lycée Escoffier.

Full speech given by Consul-General, Heidi Bootle.

Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue conference held in Noumea

The Emerging Pacific Leaders’ Dialogue brings together more than 120 young professionals from the public and private sector across the Pacific. It is an opportunity for those identified as the next potential leaders in our region to discuss pertinent issues and challenges, as well as strengthen regional links. At the opening conference, held in Noumea, Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle gave a presentation on the success of the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands, highlighting that “stability and peace are fundamental precursors to prosperity.”

Full Speech given by the Consul-General
RAMSI Powerpoint Presentation

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting

The third G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting was held in Cairns recently. In his closing statement, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey commended the strong spirit of cooperation and announced the commitment to “900 policy initiatives that help to make the economy around $2 trillion larger within 4 years.” The outcomes of the meeting will be delivered at the G20 Leader’s Summit next month.

Full transcript of Treasurer Hockey’s closing statement.

Australia is presiding over the G20 Summit in 2014. This year focuses on the themes of promoting global economic growth and employment, and building resilience of financial institutions and economies. The G20 Leader’s Summit, to be held in Brisbane in November, will welcome leaders of 19 member countries, as well as the European Union. For more information, translated into thirteen languages, see the official G20 website.


Australian Maths Competition prize ceremony

This year, nearly 600 candidates sat the 2014 Australian Maths Competition in New Caledonia. After the release of the results, the top students were invited to the prize ceremony.

Australian Consul-General, Heidi Bootle, hosted the 33rd prize ceremony for the maths competition, which is organised in New Caledonia by Nathalie Leroy. The success of the competition has not wavered over the years. This year, 18 students from year 7 to year 12 were rewarded for their efforts.

In her opening speech, Ms Bootle highlighted that Australia offers “cutting edge, world renowned education and training, offered at universities and technical colleges classed amongst the best.

Speech given by Consul-General Heidi Bootle

Official visit to French Polynesia

Australia’s bilateral relationship with French Polynesia centres around economic and education exchanges. To carry forward discussions in these areas, Consul-General, Heidi Bootle, and Policy Officer, Ben Fuluhea, visited Papeete. Meetings were held with local authorities, including the President.

Papeete-based Honorary Consul, Marc Siu assists the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea by providing consular assistance as needed. The Honorary Consul accompanied the delegation on meetings in Papeete.

Other meetings included the Secretary General of the French High Commission in Papeete, Gilles Cantal, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Employment (CCISM), Stephane Chin Loy and President of the University of French Polynesia, Eric Conte, on the potential partnerships for the Australia Awards scholarship program.

Discussions were held with Minister for Education, Michel Leboucher, about our ongoing partnership on the Australia Awards program, including for the selection process for 2014-2015.

Read the speech given by Consul-General at a media conference.

10th Australia New Caledonia Business Forum

Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister, Senator Brett Mason, was the keynote speaker at the 10th Australian New Caledonian Business Forum in Brisbane. The Forum, hosted by the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) aims to build trade networks and present new opportunities for bilateral trade and investment.

This year’s Forum was attended by around 50 industry representatives to discuss key sectors including education, resources and tourism, and the project to include Australian standards in the New Caledonian construction industry.

The Forum was preceded by a visit to the state of the art TAFE Queensland SkillsTech Lennon Underground Mine Safety Training Gallery, organised by Austrade and Trade and Investment Queensland.

APIBC Director General Frank Yourn announced that the 2015 Forum will be held in Noumea.

Read the Parliamentary Secretary’s speech
Read the Consul General’s speech
See the Consul General’s presentation

Pictured with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister, Senator Brett Mason (second from right) and the Australian Consul-General Heidi Bootle (second from left), are APIBC Director Frank Yourn, New Caledonian Government representative Sandrine Bellier, and APIBC President Greg Pawson.

15th Salon de l’Etudiant

The 15th Salon de l’Etudiant was a great occasion for the Australian Consulate-General to promote Australia’s high quality education services. Nine Australian institutions and universities ran stands at the Salon to show case opportunities available for studying in Australia. Australian Trade Commissioner, Adrian Weeks, as well as Alumni members and representatives of the Australian Pacific Islands Business Council (APIBC) Noumea working group were present at the Australia Unlimited to field questions.

Consul-General, Heidi Bootle and Policy Officer, Ben Fuluhea participated in an interview with NC1ère Radio on education services in Australia.

In her speech at the opening cocktail, Consul-General, Heidi Bootle, highlighted that “encouraging New Caledonians to study in Australia above all enables them to strengthen their abilities and to develop their potential.”

Full speech delivered by Consul-General Heidi Bootle

Film Screening at Tjibaou Cultural Centre

Nearly 400 people turned out for the Australian Consulate General’s annual indigenous film screening. Guests enjoyed a fine selection of Australian cheese and wine before watching this year’s film Satellite Boy - a celebration of indigenous culture and traditions. Consul-General Heidi Bootle noted that this year “Australia also honoured indigenous Australians who served in defence of country through the theme of Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond.”

Full speech given by Consul-General, Heidi Bootle


Anzac Day 2014

Anzac Day 2014 was marked by two commemorative ceremonies in New Caledonia.

The ANZAC Day wreath-laying ceremony at the New Zealand War Cemetery in Bourail on 24 April and the Anzac Day Dawn Service and wreath-laying on 25 April at the Croix de Lorraine in Noumea.

The dawn service was attended by officials from the French High Commission, elected members of the New Caledonian Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, war veterans, local schools and more than 200 members of the public.

Anzac Day is a day to remember Australian and New Zealand men and women who have served their countries in times of conflict. In New Caledonia it is an opportunity to acknowledge the close, enduring bilateral relationship between Australia, France and New Caledonia, and our shared history, including in times of conflict. 

Speech given at the Bourail Ceremony and 'In Flanders Fields' read by the Consul-General at the Noumea Dawn Service.

Image 1: Protocol Rank (from left to right): Representative for the President of the Assembly of the Southern Province, Dominique Daly, Consul-General of New Zealand, Linda Te Puni, Senator for New Caledonia, Hilarion Venedgeou, Deputy of the French Assembly and Mayor of Noumea, Sonia Lagarde, French High Commissioner, Jean-Jacques Brot, Senator for New Caledonia, Pierre Frogier, Consul-General of Australia, Heidi Bootle, Honorary Mayor of Noumea, Jean Leques, Representative for the President of Congress, Pascale Doniguian, Commander of the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia, General Luc de Peron de Revel.

Australia Awards 2014/15

Following the launch of the 2014/15 Australia Awards campaign (7 March to 31 May 2014) in the three French Pacific Collectivities, Consul-General Heidi Bootle was interviewed by Wallis and Futune Premiere about the campaign.

Since the campaign's launch 15 years ago, over 30 students from Wallis and Futuna have been granted Australia Awards scholarships. Former Wallis and Futuna awardees and alumni from South Bank TAFE, Catherine Nerou and Avila Hensen, were also interviewed. Both Catherine and Avila currently work within the tourism industry in New Caledonia.

Partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

The Australian Government and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) have reaffirmed their commitment to effective aid with the 10-year Partnership for Pacific Regionalism and Enhanced Development (2014-2023) signed in Canberra on Wednesday 12 March.

DFAT Acting Secretary Paul Grigson and SPC Director-General Dr Colin Tukuitonga co-signed the Partnership.


Launch of the Australian Alumni Association for New Caledonian Students

On 4 February, Consul-General Heidi Bootle and President of Congress Roch Wamytan held an event to launch an Alumni Association for New Caledonians who have studied in Australia. President of Congress Wamytan hailed the project as an opportunity to strengthen ties between Australia and New Caledonia.

Alumni Registration Form

Seeking applications from Wallis and Futuna

The Consulate is seeking applications from Wallis and Futuna for Direct Aid Program grants. The program focuses on supporting small-scale development projects.

Contact us for more information on the program and how to apply.

Welcoming visiting musicians from Murundak: Songs of Freedom during their tour of New Caledonia

Australian Consul-General, Heidi Bootle and sponsors, the Circle for Australia-New Caledonia Business (CAANC) and the ANZ representative office, hosted a reception at the Australian Residence for singers from Murundak: Songs of Freedom, (L-R) Lou Bennett, Deline Briscoe and Emma Donovan.

In partnership with the Consulate-General and the Service for the teaching of Kanak Languages and Culture, (Vice-Rectorat) the singers performed to schools in Koné, Nouméa and Lifou which gathered for screenings of the film ‘Murundak: Songs of Freedom’ and Q&A sessions focused on culture and identity.

Photos from the evening.

Speech given by the Australian Consul-General, Heidi Bootle, at the reception.



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