New Zealand High Commission Honiara, Solomon Islands

New Zealand and Solomon Islands

New Zealand’s links with Solomon Islands date back to the 1800s when Anglican missionaries first came to the archipelago. New Zealand military personnel also served in World War II battles during the Solomon Islands campaign, seeing action in Guadalcanal, Vella Lavella and leading the landings at Stirling and Mono Islands (the “Treasury Islands”). Many Solomon Islanders have studied at secondary or tertiary level in New Zealand, including Constitutional post-holders, Prime Ministers and senior public servants.

Diplomatic relations were established on 7 July 1978 when Solomon Islands gained independence. There have been regular high-level visits and exchanges between the two countries, as well as ongoing co-operation in a range of fields to strengthen the relationship.

Since 2003 New Zealand Police, New Zealand Defence Force and civilian personnel have participated in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Find out more in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Solomon Islands Country Paper

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