The Diplomatic Community in Wellington mourns with the Naviti family

The Diplomatic Community in Wellington joins the Naviti family, the people of Vanuatu in dipping banners in memory of the great person.

The South African High Commission in New Zealand is among the many who have shared their sympathy to Naviti family and the Vanuatu government.

“We are dipping our banners in memory of a great son, friend, father, husband, and representative of Vanuatu”, they posted.

“Hamba Kahle mkontho . Until we meet again”

The Vanuatu High Commissioner to New Zealand, Mr. Johnson Marakipule Naviti passed away on August 2020 in NZ from a heart attack.

He left an inspiring message of 30th July Independence Anniversary for RSE Workers around NZ on July 29 2020.

Vanuatu flag at the Prime Ministers Office in Port Vila was lowered to half mast the entire week to pay respect to one of the former and longest serving Director General in the PM’s Office.


Mr. Matar Almansoori, Chargé d’affaires attended the Condolence Book Signing for HE Mr. Johnson Naviti, former Ambassador of Vanuatu in Wellington

Richard Kaltonga a long time public servant recalled working with late Johnson Naviti.

“I first met Johnson Naviti when he came to work at the National Planning Office in the late 90s and he was Jules Ellis Assistant from New Zealand and I was the Director of Fisheries Department”, Mr. Kaltonga posted on Facebook.

“We work together again in 2010 when he was the Director General and advisor to the Prime Minister Sato Kilman Livtuvanu”.

Mr. Kaltonga also recalled meeting late Naviti in the capacity as Chief of the people of Emae Island in Port Vila to handover a desalination plant after Cyclone Pam in 2013.

Late Naviti’s body will be repatriated back to Vanuatu this week.