New Zealand to build Chancery in SI


Prime Minister Sogavare and the new New Zealand High Commissioner, His Excellency Higgins. Photo: PM Press Secretariat.

New Zealand will build its own Chancery in Solomon Islands next year.

The newly appointed New Zealand High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Don Higgins revealed the plan to the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare in their first meeting in Honiara on Friday.

He said for his country to have its own Chancery in Honiara demonstrates NZ is in Solomon Islands for a long haul.

In their meeting, Mr Higgins and Mr Sogavare re-affirmed the commitment their countries have to maintain their longstanding close relationships which include strong development partnerships in the areas of infrastructure, education and fisheries.

Meanwhile Mr Sogavare told the newly appointed NZ diplomat that his government is happy with Wellington’s aid and its development programme in Solomon Islands, adding it appreciates the assistance rendered to the people of Makira Island of the Makira-Ulawa Province and the Southern Region of the Malaita Province who were the hardest hit by the recent earthquake.

OPMC Press