THE Solomon Islands community residing in New Zealand has celebrated Solomon Islands 37th Independence Day in cultural performances, July 16, 2015.
The celebration was organized and hosted by the SI high commission to NZ.
The occasion showcased Solomon Islands unique cultures and people with traditional food, cultural performances and local panpipes music.
In a statement from the SI high com office in New Zealand it said “the event was graced by the presence of Hon Mark Mitchell, MP for Rodney & Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee who was the chief guest for the occasion.
“The evening reception was well attended by Head of Missions, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Senior Government Officials, and members of the New Zealand business fraternity, friends of Solomon Islands and the Solomon Islands wellington Community.
“High Commissioner Her Excellency Mrs. Joy Kere welcomed guests and spoke on the journey and challenges of Solomon Islands as a young democracy.
“Solomon Island’s journey as a young democracy has not been easy.
“From where Solomon Islands were 12 years ago, the partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands – RAMSI and the International community have helped put Solomon Islands on the path to rebuilding a stronger and vibrant democratic nation state – a Solomon Islands that is ready to move forward,” the statement revealed.
It added that during the occasion, both Mrs. Kere and Hon Mitchell spoke of the vibrant partnership between the Solomon Islands and New Zealand.
“As we celebrate this occasion, we also reflect on Solomon Islands – New Zealand relations, one that we are proud and grateful for, a relationship that is founded on mutual respect, dialogue, understanding and cooperation.”
Mrs. Kere acknowledged the New Zealand government for its on going commitment in priority sectors such as fisheries, education, public finance and infrastructure.
“The High Commissioner praised Solomon Island’s participation in the Seasonal Workers Scheme and highlighted the potential for a broadened approach in the future that can encompass other industries and embrace semi and skilled workers.”
Mrs. Kere also spoke on the potential for deepening political dialogue and strengthening of relations across areas of trade & investment, people to people contact, culture and arts, it (statement) said.