Since 1842 and the ministry of Bishop Selwyn, the Islands of Melanesia and Polynesia have had a close relationship with New Zealand. Initially part of the Church of the Province of New Zealand, the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM) became a separate province in 1975. It includes Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia.
For 2018 a grant of NZ$3,000 will be made towards supporting several of ACoM’s religious communities. Projects supported are based on small-scale income generating projects designed to promote self-reliance and improve financial sustainability of their communities. The communities are the Melanesian Brotherhood, Society of St Francis, the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia and the Community of the Sisters of the Church. The projects include poultry (4 projects) and Mini-Canteen projects (3 projects).