New Zealand High Commission Honiara, Solomon Islands


Following the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February the New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) in Honiara has received many messages of sympathy and support from Solomon Islanders. NZHC Honiara has also received enquiries from people concerned about the wellbeing of family and friends in the Christchurch area.


Around 200 Solomon Islanders and New Zealanders attended the annual Waitangi Day reception held at the High Commissioner’s Residence in Honiara. Among the guests, we were honoured to be joined by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Danny Philip and Speaker of the National Parliament Sir Allan Kemakeza. The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) band provided light music, with national anthems sung by New Zealanders serving with RAMSI and the Woodford School Choir.


It is that time of year again when new scholarship awardees around Solomon Islands prepare to depart to pursue higher studies abroad. To celebrate the 33 students who will be awarded New Zealand scholarships in 2011, and 12 successful graduates just returning to Solomon Islands, the New Zealand High Commissioner Mark Ramsden hosted a reception on 20 January.


Imagine a small Pacific island near the equator, at the extreme western end of the Solomon Islands archipelago. Five hours across open sea in a 40hp motorised speedboat to get there, one two-way health clinic radio to communicate with the outside world. This is Mono in the Treasury Islands group, home to around 750 people who retain a very special connection to New Zealand.


Notice to all New Zealand Citizens residing or visiting Solomon Islands


Christchurch is recovering well from the major earthquake on 4 September. New Zealand’s high levels of earthquake preparedness and strong infrastructure have seen essential services quickly restored to most of the affected area. An area in central Christchurch is cordoned off and this cordon is reviewed daily. The remainder of Christchurch is accessible.

No other areas of New Zealand are affected by the earthquake.


The August 2010 edition of our SoloBis newsletter has just been published.  SoloBis is a bi-monthly update of business and economic happenings in Solomon Islands, of potential interest to New Zealand businesses.


Solomon Islands features prominently in a half-hour documentary about New Zealand soldiers in World War II, screened on One Television over the weekend of 6-8 August 2010.
The screening was timed to coincide with Guadalcanal Veterans’ Day, commemorated in Solomon Islands each year on 7 August.
The programme was made earlier this year by New Zealand’s indigenous broadcaster, Maori Television. A film crew travelled to Mono Island and visited sites on Guadalcanal where New Zealanders saw action during the Solomon Islands campaign.


New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully will visit Solomon Islands on Monday 30 August as part of the 2010 Pacific Mission.

He will meet with the Prime Minister, Hon Danny Philip, and members of the new Solomon Islands government.

“New Zealand and Solomon Islands have a broad and deep relationship that has developed over many years of close association. It includes development assistance in key areas such as education, seasonal employment, and our ongoing contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI),” Mr McCully said.


The June 2010 edition of the High Commission's SoloBis news letter has been issued.  SoloBis outlines Solomon Islands business and economic developments of interest to New Zealand companies.  

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