The High Commissioner was also interested in discussing the specific makeup of the Museum and the displays we had planned. Bradley and Alma outlined their vision for the cultural aspects the museum might contain along with their broader vision of encompassing not just Santo’s role in the Pacific Theatre but other Pacific island regions such as the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal.
Following the discussions, the High Commissioner reinforced his support for the project and also agreed to facilitate contacts in New Zealand who may be of assistance to the Museum project. He concluded with an offer to provide him with any specific proposals we may have and he will investigate how the New Zealand High Commission can assist.
The trip to Port Vila also included meetings with significant business identities, companies and government departments, including the Vanuatu Department of Strategic Policy Planning and Aid Coordination (DSSPAC).