Media opportunity Lyttelton, Tuesday, 12 September

Thursday, 07 September 2017



Minister of Foreign Affairs to attend sea trials of new Niue SAR vessel

New Zealand is providing Niue with a $367,000 search and rescue vessel as part of the Pacific Maritime Safety Programme.

This vessel gives Niue, for the first time, the ability to respond immediately to search and rescue incidents.

Constructed in Christchurch, the 8.3m Icon vessel is undergoing sea trials on Lyttelton harbour next week and will be inspected by Minister of Foreign Affairs Gerry Brownlee on Tuesday, 12 September.

The media is invited to attend a filming/photo opportunity at:

Date: Tuesday, 12 September
Time: 1pm
Location: Naval Point Club jetty, Charlotte Jane Quay, Lyttelton 

This will include the chance to go aboard the vessel for a brief trip on the harbour (weather permitting). 

Following completion of sea trials, the vessel will shipped to Niue for the official handover to the Niue Government on 18 October 2017, as part of Constitution celebrations.

Tuesday’s event will also be attended by Niue High Commissioner to NZ, His Excellency Hon Fisa Pihigia, as well as representatives of Maritime NZ, which has provided technical advice on the vessel, and Coastguard NZ, which is providing training for Niue crew members. 

In addition to the SAR vessel, plans in Niue include a public education programme to encourage better maritime safety in the country, providing equipment for local fishermen, and working with the Government to enhance the regulatory framework for maritime safety. 

The Pacific Maritime Safety Programme is providing $8.13 million over three years for maritime safety activities in the Pacific, focusing on Niue, Tokelau, Kiribati, Tonga, the Cook Islands and Tuvalu.


For more information, contact - Steve Rendle 022 417 5152

Minister of Foreign Affairs’ office - Julia Stewart 021 869 537

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