Tuvalu Fisheries Building
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT)
Tuvalu is a tiny island country in the Pacific with few people and limited natural resources. The country’s revenue comes mainly from fishing resources and remittances to families from seafarers.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade resolved to help Tuvalu with a 5-year programme to enhance their fisheries management to provide healthier fisheries resource and to increase returns to Tuvalu. The programme included an investment in a new building for the Tuvalu Fisheries Department that would drive productivity improvements and help implement a new organisation structure within the department.
Calibre was engaged to design the building, manage the procurement, and to carry out the construction monitoring and contract administration services.
The completed building is located on a narrow 80m wide section of the atoll and was designed specifically to withstand cyclone-induced waves that will break over the reef and flow past and through the building. This was a design solution to provide resilience against climate change and future sea level rise effects on the building.
The NZ Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters officially opened the building, which had already achieved its goal of improving the operational effectiveness, synergies and morale of the Fisheries Department personnel.