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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.