We look for­ward to strength­en­ing our col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Philip­pines over the com­ing years.

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de­vel­op­ments in the world where New Zealand com­pa­nies have not played some part, ei­ther through pro­vid­ing ser­vices, tech­nol­ogy, or train­ing of coun­try part­ners.

With sim­i­lar nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments, New Zealand’s con­nec­tions with the Philip­pines’ geother­mal en­ergy sec­tor date back to its ini­tial de­vel­op­ment in the 1970s. Through tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance and a NZ$15-mil­lion de­vel­op­ment grant to the Philip­pines’ gov­ern­ment, New Zealand helped to es­tab­lish two geother­mal fields in Tong­o­nan and Pal­in­pinon which are still pro­duc­tive and op­er­a­tional to­day.

The geother­mal in­dus­try in the Philip­pines has since rapidly ad­vanced, evolv­ing to eight sites which each em­ploy New Zealand tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion and pro­duce more than 12% of the coun­try’s elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion.

A fur­ther ex­am­ple of how New Zealand’s ex­per­tise can be used to fur­ther de­velop the Philip­pines’ geother­mal foot­print, is by shar­ing best prac­tice learn­ings on en­gag­ing with indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in re­gions such as Min­danao and North­ern Lu­zon. Work­ing with their own Māori com­mu­ni­ties, New Zealand has been suc­cess­ful in fos­ter­ing strong re­la­tion­ships

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