New Zealand High Commission Honiara, Solomon Islands

Opening of Jubilee House at National Referral Hospital, Honiara

Hon Chris Laore, Supervising Minister of Health, cuts the ribbon to open Jubilee House at the National Referral Hospital. He is accompanied by (left) British High Commissioner Dominic Meiklejohn and (right) New Zealand High Commissioner Mark Ramsden.

The opening on 14 May of a new accommodation building for overseas medical students working in Honiara has demonstrated the value of small-scale development partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society.

For the past 18 months the New Zealand High Commission in Honiara has been coordinating the project, which set out to completely rebuild a run-down hostel at the National Referral Hospital.

Labour and materials for the job were donated by three New Zealand businesses active in the Pacific: Timber Construction Solutions Ltd, Weck’s ITM and What Power Crisis Ltd, along with their Solomons partner Tong’s Corp. Interior fit-out, furnishings and landscaping were provided by local Soroptimists and expat groups. The NZ and British High Commissions supported the enterprise from their head of mission funds.

The result is an impressive eight-bed short-term accommodation facility that will encourage overseas medical students from around the world to come to Honiara to carry out vital work placements at the overstretched National Referral Hospital.

The building is also a showcase for sustainable, off-the grid technologies used by the donor companies.


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