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Deputy High Commissioner visits Malaita for International Women’s Day

10 March 2017

Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner, Michael Hassett, joined civil society, government, church and community leaders from Malaita to celebrate International Women’s Day this week.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk – International Women’s Day

10 March 2017

This week marked my first International Women’s Day as Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands.

International Women’s Day

8 March 2017

Today marks International Women’s Day – a day to reflect on the progress that has been made to date in advancing gender equality, as well as that which remains to be done.

Honiara Market Vendors Association wins Australian High Commissioner’s International Women’s Day Award

7 March 2017

The Australian High Commissioner’s International Women’s Day Award was presented to Maureen Sariki, President and members of the Honiara Market Vendors Association executive today for their leadership and inclusive decision-making for market vendors in Solomon Islands.

Australia funds Divit Rural Training Center, Fresh Water Prawn and Tilapia Ponds Project

6 March 2017

The Australian High Commission has provided Direct Aid Program funding of SBD $50,000 to the Divit Rural Training Centre, located at Visale, North West Guadalcanal.

Australia funds water tanks for the Macedonia House of Prayer community

3 March 2017

Australian direct aid program funding of SBD $13,050 is helping the Macedonia House of Prayer community located at Gilbert camp, east of Honiara, to access safe and clean drinking water by providing three 3000-litre water tanks.

From the High Commissioner's Desk - High Commissioner Brazier’s first visit to Malaita Province

24 February 2017

From Tikopia to Fauro, Solomon Islands is made up of an incredibly rich tapestry of peoples and cultures, each with their own dreams and ambitions, as well as challenges and hardships. Almost 80% of Solomon Islanders live in rural and remote areas, and over the last two months it has become abundantly clear to me that in order to truly understand how Australia can support ongoing peace and prosperity for all Solomon Islanders, I need to understand what life is like in the Provinces. With this in mind, I undertook my first official travel outside of Honiara last week, and visited Auki, the capital of Malaita Province.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary, Ms Frances Adamson, visits Solomon Islands

23 February 2017

Adamson, will visit Honiara on 23 and 24 February to meet with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Foreign Minister Milner Tozaka to discuss Solomon Islands transition from RAMSI and Australia’s ongoing commitment to the country’s security.

Australia supports leadership training for Solomon Islands Justice Agencies

17 February 2017

Twenty-five managers from Solomon Islands justice agencies are undertaking a Certificate IV course in Leadership and Management at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) Solomon Islands Campus, funded by the Australian Government.

         Australian High Commissioner Rod Brazier visits Malaita for the first time

15 February 2017

Australian High Commissioner Rod Brazier has made his first visit outside of Guadalcanal to Auki, Malaita Province on 14 and 15 February 2017.

Australian High Commissioner meets Guadalcanal Premier

10 February 2017

Australian High Commissioner Rod Brazier today paid a courtesy call on the Guadalcanal Premier, Hon Anthony Veke and members of the Guadalcanal Provincial Executive at the Guadalcanal Provincial Headquarters.

Australia supports democracy in Solomon Islands

8 February 2017

Australia is helping to strengthen democratic processes in Solomon Islands with workshops for political parties in Honiara this week and next.

New Australian volunteers set to commence assignments

6 February 2017

Six new Australian volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to commence assignments with various host government ministries, departments and non-government organizations.

Australia Awards Scholarships now open for 2018

6 February 2017

The Australia Awards Scholarships 2018 intake is now open for eligible Solomon Islanders.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk - HE Mr Rod Brazier

27 January 2017

Australia Day gives all Australians an opportunity to reflect and give thanks.  It’s a day to celebrate our history, culture and achievements with our friends and neighbours. For Australia, Solomon Islands is not only one of our nearest neighbours, but one of our closest friends. 

Australia commits to a new phase of support to the Solomon Islands health sector

6 January 2017

Australia and Solomon Islands today signed an agreement of up to AU$66 million (SB$377 million) over four years (2017 to 2020) for the Solomon Islands Health Sector.

Australia’s New Colombo Plan Supports Teacher Exchange

11 December 2016

Twenty students from Australian Catholic University recently visited Solomon Islands to undertake teaching placements, supported by Australia’s prestigious New Colombo Plan. The New Colombo Plan was launched by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in 2014.

 From the High Commissioner's Desk: Lukim yufala

9 December 2016

After three very happy years, my tenure as Australia’s High Commissioner to Solomon Islands has come to an end.  And what an ending it was.  In my final week as High Commissioner I was privileged to host a visit to Honiara by Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop; our Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells; and their respective Opposition counterparts, Senator Penny Wong and Senator Claire Moore.

 Max Granger – Climate and Disaster Risk Training Mentor for Engineers

6 December 2016

Max Granger arrived in Solomon Islands in June 2016, after a short break in Australia, from a two-year volunteer assignment in Botswana. Following that long African assignment, a six-month assignment in Honiara looked a breeze. It wasn’t, but it has been far more rewarding.

Charles Persson – Business Analyst at SICCI

6 December 2016

Charles Persson has been lucky to have lived and worked in several great locations in Australia, with his career also taking him to Italy, South Africa, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Emma Carden – WASH Engineer and Mentor at RDP (Phase 2)

6 December 2016

Having access to rural communities across all parts of Solomon Islands is an experience afforded to few. Being guided by the people of these communities up steep mountains and through beautiful forests, to find pristine water supplies, provides an even greater insight into the landscape of Solomon Islands and the lives of its people. These aspects are a unique privilege for Emma Carden in her volunteer position at the Solomon Islands Rural Development Program (RDP II).

 Anna Heaton – Nurse Educator at Kilu’ufi Hospital.

6 December 2016

My name is Anna Heaton. I am a registered nurse and currently 4 months into a 12 month assignment as a Nurse Educator at the Kilu’ufi Hospital in Malaita Province.

Emma Nugent – Information Analyst at NSO

6 December 2016

After being offered a placement with the Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (NSO), Emma Nugent migrated north to the tropics of Honiara to work as a volunteer.

Australia Celebrates International Volunteer Day

6 December 2016

The Australian High Commission joins all Australian Volunteers based in Solomon Islands and their local counterparts to celebrate International Volunteer Day.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2016

Today marks the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

From the High Commissioner's Desk: We've come a long way together.

25 November 2016

As my time in Solomon Islands nears its end, I’ve been focussing on some of the highlights of my experience here, both personal and professional. I’d like to share some of those with you today.

Celebrating Volunteers in the Solomon Islands:For the Love of the Law and Life in the Solomons

21 November 2016

Only the very lucky can say that they do what they love and have new adventures almost every day. The rare opportunity to live this sort of life was presented to Clancy Dane when he took on a volunteer position at the Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) in Honiara on 7 June 2016.

Australian Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

17 November 2016

Last week marked Cervical Cancer Awareness Week in Australia (7-13 November).

Australia working with RSIPF to Watch the Coast

17 November 2016

Last week, the Australian Defence Force and Australian High Commission joined the Royal Solomons Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in the Shortland Islands in a reconnaissance visit to prepare for Exercise Coastwatchers in 2017.

From the High Commissioner's Desk: One step at a time.

12 November 2016

After three wonderful years in Solomon Islands, my time here is coming to an end.  In my next few columns before I depart in December, I’d like to share some of my thoughts and observations on Solomon Islands and Australia’s role here.

Australia Investing in Education Infrastructure

7 November 2016

Representatives from the Australian High Commission in Honiara visited Campbell School in Kirakira recently to see first-hand the school’s brand new science and industrial design classrooms.

Australia supports Western Province tourism

28 October 2016

The commercial nous of Western Province tourism businesses has received a boost thanks to a small business mentoring program recently held in Munda.

Thousands participate in the G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run!

22 October 2016

More than 7,000 Honiara residents took to the road this weekend to participate in the Australian High Commission’s annual G’day Solomon Islands Fun Run event.

From the High Commissioner's Desk - Honouring Rural Women

20 October 2016

Last week I travelled across the Guadalcanal plain to visit the village of Komidi for International Rural Women’s Day.  Travelling in convoy with a group of women from the Honiara Central Market Vendors’ Association, the journey took more than two hours in each direction.

G’Day Solomon Islands Fun Run is on again!

8 October 2016

The Australian High Commission is preparing to again say "G’Day" (Good Day) to Solomon Islanders at its annual Fun Run event.

Australia and Solomon Islands meet to discuss stability, growth and human development

5 October 2016

Australia and Solomon Islands share a common goal of promoting stability, growth and human development in Solomon Islands, a partnership that will continue to deliver results in the year ahead.

AUSTRALIA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEET & GREET NIGHT

30 September 2016

Alumni of the prestigious Australia Award Scholarship Program joined forces on Wednesday night to share experiences, and learn something new about each other.

British Army Op Render Safe team destroys over 800kg of munitions in the Solomon Islands

27 September 2016

An explosive ordnance disposal team from the United Kingdom found and destroyed over 800 kilograms of unexploded World War II munitions during Operation Render Safe in the Solomon Islands.

From the High Commissioner's Desk - White Ships and Grey Ships

23 September 2016

After much planning and preparation, next Friday Gizo will receive a visit from the Australia-based cruise ship, Pacific Eden. The ship will also visit Honiara the following day. As regular readers of this column would know, one of my priorities as High Commissioner has been trying to help kick-start the cruise industry in Solomon Islands.

Multinational Force Commences Intensive Explosive Disposal Operation

15 September 2016

A concentrated effort to dispose of unexploded bombs and munitions has now commenced in Central Province thanks to a multinational military team that is working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force over the next three weeks.

From the High Commissioner's Desk Column

10 September 2016

This week, Australia hosted our annual G’day Solomon Islands Great Debate which brought together students from four local high schools to debate issues around climate change. The Great Debate is an opportunity for young people to develop confidence in public speaking and to think critically about the development of Solomon Islands.

ST JOSEPH’S TENARU AND SELWYN COLLEGE WIN THE 2016 G’DAY SOLOMON ISLANDS GREAT DEBATE

8 September 2016

Students from Betikama, St Joseph’s Tenaru, St Nicholas College and Selwyn College have shown off their public speaking and critical thinking skills at the third annual G’Day Solomon Islands Great Debate, which took place in Honiara yesterday.

CLIMATE CHANGE A HOT ISSUE FOR G’DAY SOLOMON ISLANDS GREAT DEBATERS

7 September 2016

The Australian High Commission will today host students from four Honiara high schools in the annual G’Day Solomon Islands Great Debate.

More Australian students to come to the Solomon Islands in 2017

2 September 2016

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, and Australian Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, have announced that 82 Australian University students will come to Solomon Islands in 2017 under Australia’s prestigious New Colombo Plan

Australia’s enduring support for security and stability in Solomon Islands

1 September 2016

The Australian High Commission has hosted a media workshop to keep Solomon Islanders informed about Australia’s plans to support security and stability in Solomon Islands after RAMSI departs in June 2017.

Australia, NZ support Solomon Islands Maritime Security

29 August 2016

Australia and New Zealand are continuing to supporting maritime surveillance and security patrols in Vanuatu and Solomon Island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Australia supports Indigenous Solomon Islands businesswoman to speak on world stage

20 August 2016

Leading Solomon Islands businesswoman Nanette Tutua will represent the nation this week at the World Indigenous Business Forum in Saskatoon, Canada.

From the High Commissioner's Desk - Malaita: Heading in the Right Direction

19 August 2016

Last week I visited Malaita with two of my High Commission colleagues, Alex and Brown.  After three days of travelling around the province, I felt much more optimistic about Malaita than at any time since I’ve been in Solomon Islands.

   Australian High Commissioner visits Malaita

   15 August 2016

   Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne travelled to Malaita last week to explore the opportunities and challenges for growth and    development in the province, and visit some Australian-funded development projects in Auki, Malu’u and Talakali.

            Coconut farmers to benefit from ANZ goMoney

 12 August 2016

An exciting project to connect mobile banking to the coconut industry was launched today by the Australian Government, Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP) and ANZ.          

From the High Commissioner's Desk: Australia's offer of assistance

5 August 2016

I’ve been out of Honiara a bit recently.  First I attended the 8th Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane, which was a great success.  Then my family and I took some visiting friends from Australia on a short holiday to Western Province, where we enjoyed the natural beauty of Solomon Islands and warm hospitality of Solomon Islanders.  I was excited to see Gizo gearing up for the arrival of major cruise ships from next month, although saddened to see the destruction of the old Gizo hospital. 

Opening of Lata Second Level Medical Store

4 August 2016

The people of Temotu will have better access to essential medicines with the opening of the Second Level Medical Store at Lata this week.

Australia announces new partnership with the private sector on women’s economic empowerment in Solomon Islands

23 July 2016

The Australian Government has announced a new $2.3 million initiative to help address barriers to women’s participation in the workplace in Solomon Islands.

AUSTRALIA’s MINISTER FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE PACIFIC MEETS WITH PRIME MINISTER SOGAVARE

22 July 2016

Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells met with Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare, at the 8th Australia-Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane today.

Women of Influence attend the Australia­-Solomon Islands Business Forum

21 July 2016

Building networks and attracting new investors to Solomon Islands are priorities for three senior businesswomen who today left for the Australia-Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane

Tropical Agriculture through the lens of an Australian student

21 July 2016

Working with rural subsistence farmers in Malaita and Western Province on simple ways to improve their farming has been a highlight of Wendy Xiao’s time in Solomon Islands.

From the High Commissioner's Desk : Creating Wealth and Prosperity in the Hapi Isles

15 July 2016

Next week I’ll be attending the Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane, along with Prime Minister Sogavare and many business leaders from both countries.  After last year’s highly successful forum in Honiara, the organisers now plan to alternate the venue between Brisbane and Honiara each year.

Celebration of Women in Business at SIWIBA Awards Dinner

11 July 2016

The achievements of women in business were celebrated at the inaugural Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) awards dinner on Saturday night

Cruise Tourism a Potential Growth Driver for Solomon Islands Economy

5 July 2016

Cruise tourism could grow five -fold, from $0.6 million to $3.3 million (AUD) by 2017, according to research presented today at the launch of Assessment of the Economic Impact of Cruising to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands ready for investment: Australian Senior Trade Commissioner

4 July 2016

Solomon Islands is a vibrant place to do business and offers emerging opportunities for Australian investors.

From the High Commissioner's Desk :Happy Independence Day!

1 July 2016

I can still remember, as a young boy living in Australia in the 1970s, reading about the world’s newest independent country.  It was a place in the South Pacific called ‘Solomon Islands’.  I had a map of the world in my room and I could see that Solomon Islands was very close to Australia.  But for a boy from a small town in the south of Australia, it still seemed a world away.  I’d never even seen a real coconut!  And I certainly didn’t imagine that one day I’d have the privilege of living in Solomon Islands and contributing, in some small way, to the development of the country. 

From the High Commissioner's Desk - Basic Education: the Foundation of a Nation

16 June 2016

As I watch my children practice their spelling or listen to them recite their times tables, it often reminds me of my own early years in school.  Of course my memories are somewhat hazy, but I can still recall learning many of the same basic skills that I see my children learning now.  And although I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it at the time, those basic skills gave me the capacity to operate successfully in the modern world. 

Water tanks for Mt Alasa’a – A community success story from Malaita

16 June 2016

Australia is helping communities on Mt Alasa’a, Malaita access clean drinking water by providing twenty water tanks.

Australia’s Direct Aid Program making a difference in Malaita

14 June 2016

Malaita has left a lasting impression on Australian officials after their recent visit to several community projects funded by Australia’s Direct Aid Program (DAP).

Australia works with the National Parliament to strengthen governance in Solomon Islands

9 June 2016

A team of Australian parliamentary professionals and academics has travelled to Honiara this week to deliver training to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands on parliamentary law, practice and procedure.

Chocolate Week – Connecting Solomon Islands’ farmers with global chocolate makers

8 June 2016

At the first ever Solomon Islands Cocoa and Chocolate Week, local producers showed how agricultural produce from Solomon Islands can be internationally competitive

From the High Commissioner's Desk : RAMSI may be leaving, but Australia is staying

3 June 2016

Last week I was in Canberra for a meeting of all Australian High Commissioners from around the Pacific.  There was a lot of interest in Solomon Islands ahead of RAMSI’s likely departure next year.  RAMSI is widely seen as a great success story not just for Solomon Islands and Australia, but for the whole Pacific.  And in Canberra, there’s a lot of focus on ensuring that Australia continues to give Solomon Islands the support it needs after RAMSI departs. 

Australia assists Solomon Islands in Mapping Marine and Coastal Projects

27 May 2016

Earlier this month, scientists from the Australian Government’s science agency, the CSIRO, visited Honiara to work with Government officers in the ICT Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management and Meteorology, and Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, on the development of a new system for storing information about projects and mapping.