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Honiara
Solomon Islands

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From the High Commissioner's Desk: Working in Partnership for Development

5 May 2016

Last Friday I was delighted to attend the launch of the National Development Strategy (NDS) by Prime Minister Sogavare and Minister for Development Planning and Aid Coordination, the Hon Danny Philip.

Australia Maintains Strong Support to Solomon Islands

4 May 2016

Australia’s Federal Budget, released on 3 May 2016, confirmed Australia’s strong support for Solomon Islands.

Solomon Water planning infrastructure upgrades

27 April 2016

Honiara residents are set to benefit from upcoming improvements to Honiara’s water infrastructure.

Ten new Australian Volunteers set to commence assignments

22 April 2016

The Australian High Commission has welcomed ten new Australian Volunteers to Solomon Islands who will use their skills and expertise to develop host organisations across the country.  

Australian aid: fighting poverty in Solomon Islands

22 April 2016

Living standards across Solomon Islands are improving according to a poverty analysis recently released by the National Statistics Office.

From the High Commissioner's Desk : A Safe and Secure Solomon Islands

20 April 2016

Among the more visible manifestations of Australia’s support to Solomon Islands are the two patrol boats, Auki and Lata, operated by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.  In addition to the boats themselves, Australia provides ongoing assistance with operations and maintenance, including through two Royal Australian Navy personnel who work closely with the RSIPF Maritime Unit.

Australia and Solomon Islands are Kicking Goals with the Direct Aid Program

20 April 2016

The Australian Government is helping local communities to kick ambitious goals through the Direct Aid Program (DAP) - a small grants program that assists communities in isolated areas to improve their health, social and economic livelihoods.

Australia Awards Scholarship applications closing soon

20 April 2016

Australia Awards scholarships for study in Australia in 2017 remain open until 5 May through the Australia Awards Scholarships.

Australia supports SIWIBA to build Cooking Skills

19 April 2016

Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) members have had the opportunity to build their cooking skills through a five day training course last week.

Australia Supports Affordable housing

7 April 2016

Australia is supporting the development of affordable residential property in Honiara through the placement of a newly-arrived Australian Business Volunteer.

Lets Make our Families Safe

6 April 2016

Australia is continuing its efforts to combat family violence in Solomon Islands, including under the ‘Let’s Make Our Families Safe’ Program.

Solomon lawyers identified as Pacific Legal Policy Champions

4 April 2016

 Two local lawyers have had the chance to strengthen their legal policy skills thanks to the Australian Government's Pacific Legal Policy Development Program delivered by the Australian Attorney-General's Department. 

From the High Commissioner's Desk : Stability, Growth and Human Development

1 April 2016

Whenever people ask me what Australia’s doing in Solomon Islands, I ask them a question in return: “Would you like the short answer, the long answer, or the two minute answer?” 

Australia injects SBD 24 million to improve health outcomes in Solomon Islands

1 April 2016

Australia has provided a further SBD 24 million (AUD$4 million) to the Solomon Islands Government, earmarked to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, as part of it's ongoing commitment to improving access to quality basic health care for all Solomon Islanders.

Australia Awards Scholarship applications closing soon

30 March 2016

Up to 30 Australia Awards Scholarships are on offer for interested and eligible Solomon Islanders to study in Australia and across the region in 2017.

Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections Workshop in the Solomon Islands

24 March 2016

Electoral officials from across Melanesia benefited from a Regional Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) workshop in Honiara recently.

From the High Commissioner's Desk: Acknowledging the Christian Care Centre

11 March 2016

This week I hosted our annual International Women’s Day breakfast.  The event forms part of a series of activities taking place here in Solomon Islands to mark International Women’s Day in 2016.  

Christian Care Centre wins Australian High Commissioner’s International Women’s Day Award

10 March 2016

The Australian High Commissioner’s International Women’s Day award was presented to the Christian Care Centre today for their work in helping women and children affected by gender based violence in Solomon Islands. 

International Women’s Day Breakfast

9 March 2016

The Australian High Commission will tomorrow host its annual breakfast to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The event will be attended by more than one hundred people at the Heritage Park Hotel.

From the High Commissioner's Desk: 2016 - A Big Year Ahead

29 January 2016

Now that Honiara is returning to life as it does in late January every year, we in the High Commission are starting to focus on what lies ahead in 2016.  It promises to be another big year for Australia in Solomon Islands.

Australia injects AUD$2.7million to improve health outcomes in Solomon Islands

29 January 2016

Australia has provided AUD 2.7million (approximately SBD18 million) to the Solomon Island’s Government as part of its ongoing commitment to improving access to quality basic health care for all Solomon Islanders.

New Australian Volunteers Arrive in Solomon Islands

29 January 2016

Nine new Australian volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to begin assignments with various host government ministries, departments and non-government organisations.

Solomon Islands Scout Recognised on Australia Day

27 January 2016

The efforts of Solomon Islands Scouts and Coastwatchers have been recognised at an official function to mark Australia Day earlier this week.

Fisheries Student Presented Australia Awards Ed Smith Memorial Prize

22 January 2016

SolTuna employee Mr Hearty Matamaru has been presented with the prestigious Australia Awards Ed Smith Memorial Prize to study a Masters Degree in Fisheries policy at the University of Wollongong.

Australia works with Solomon Islands to assist Vanuatu for national election

18 January 2016

Australia and Solomon Islands will provide naval assistance to Vanuatu for its national election next week.

Australian delegation concludes Pacific visit

11 December 2015

Four Australian parliamentarians led by the Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, left Honiara yesterday after a successful visit. 

Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific arrives in Honiara

10 December 2015

The Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, arrives in Honiara today.  He will be in Solomon Islands for two days as part of a week-long Pacific visit encompassing Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands to welcome its first New Colombo Plan Scholar in 2016

2 December 2015

In 2016, for the first time, a New Colombo Plan scholar will undertake long-term study in Solomon Islands under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

Empowering all Solomon Islanders: International Day of People with Disability

2 December 2015

Today marks the “International Day of People with Disability”, a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote understanding of people with disability, and encourage support of their dignity, rights and wellbeing.

Australia and Solomon Islands Strengthening People to People Links: Thirty Two New Australia Award Recipients Announced

20 November 2015

Thirty-two students from Solomon Islands have been granted prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships to study at universities in Australia and the Pacific in 2016. Sixteen of the students will go to Australia, whilst another sixteen will study at institutions in Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, in fields including law, fisheries, commerce, health and engineering.

Warren Mundine discusses public-private partnerships at GPPOL

13 November 2015

Public-private partnerships in Guadalcanal’s oil palm industry show how customary land can be used for economic development, visiting Australian Indigenous leader, Warren Mundine says.

Australian Indigenous leader Warren Mundine meets Prime Minister Sogavare

13 November 2015

Australian Indigenous leader and prominent businessman, Mr Warren Mundine, met with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare today to discuss opportunities for growth in Solomon Islands.

Australian Indigenous Leader, Warren Mundine, arrives in Solomon Islands

12 November 2015

Australian Indigenous leader, Warren Mundine arrived in Solomon Islands today as a special guest of the Australian High Commission.  

Solomon Islands’ First for Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development

4 November 2015

The Advisory Board of Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) held its third meeting in Honiara yesterday.  This is the first time that the meeting has been held outside of Australia.

Red Cardim Vaelens: tackling gender-based violence through sports.

2 November 2015

Yesterday the Australian High Commission launched an exciting new initiative, “Red Cardim Vaelens” which will work with the local sports clubs in Solomon Islands to involve young soccer and rugby union players in combatting family violence.

Solomon Islands Cocoa among the world’s best

29 October 2015

Cocoa grown, fermented and dried in Solomon Islands has won a leading international cocoa award overnight in Paris, France.

A Big Week for Financial Inclusion

24 September 2015

I was honoured to participate this week in Pacific Microfinance Week 2015, which was hosted for the first time in Solomon Islands. The week has been a great opportunity to showcase Solomon Islands’ international leadership on financial inclusion, under the strong leadership of Central Bank Governor Denton Rarawa.

Register Now!

17 September 2015

The Australian High Commission staff are working hard to prepare for the upcoming G’Day Solomon Islands Fun Run.

G\'day Solomon Islands Fun Run is on again!

7 September 2015

The Australian High Commission is preparing to again say “G’Day” to Solomon Islanders at its annual Fun Run event.

AUSTRALIA ALUMNI UNITE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING

4 September 2015

Alumni of the prestigious Australia Awards scholarship program joined forces on Thursday night to discuss leadership and lifelong learning.

Australia and Solomon Islands prioritise economic growth

28 August 2015

Officials from the Governments of Australia and Solomon Islands Australia agreed to a new focus on promoting economic growth at the annual Solomon Islands-Australia High Level consultations, held yesterday.

AUSTRALIAN NAVY TRAINS ROYAL SOLOMON ISLANDS POLICE FORCE IN UNDERWATER WEAPONS CLEARANCE

21 August 2015

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is now at the forefront of regional capabilities to remove unexploded ordinance, thanks to training delivered by the Royal Australian Navy.

Kawasaki Mule Gifting to Police Explosive Ordinance Dive Team

20 August 2015

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has improved capability to clear unexploded ordinance, thanks to a new Kawasaki mule vehicle gifted by the Australian Defence Force.

AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER AND TEAM COMPLETE THEIR WAKABAOT LO WEATHERCOAST

09 August 2015

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne and his team arrived safely in Honiara from their ‘Wakabaot Lo Weathercoast’ last week. The team included the High Commissioner’s wife Dawn Bennet, Ben O’Reilly, Tanya Morjanoff and WO Gary Fuss, also from the Australian High Commission.

G\'Day Solomons Film Festival set to take Honiara by storm

08 August 2015

The Australian High Commission’s annual film festival is set to take Honiara by storm next week.

Australian High Commissioner and team go Wakabaot long Weathercoast

06 August 2015

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne and his wife Dawn Bennett will go “Wakabaot lo Weathercoast” on Monday. They will be joined by Ben O’Reilly, Tanya Morjanoff and WO Gary Fuss, also from the Australian High Commission.

Solomon Islands and Australia boost growth through Trade and Technology

05 August 2015

A new customs system, ASYCUDA World will enhance trade, reduce business costs, and increase government revenue thanks to a partnership between the Solomon Islands and Australian Governments.

HMAS Canberra remembered 73 years on

03 August 2015

The sinking of HMAS Canberra, an Australian naval ship, will be commemorated this week in a memorial held by the Australian Defence force. This marks the 73rd year since the ship was sunk after the naval battle off Savo Island during World War II.

New Pharmacy Store opens in Tulagi

03 August 2015

People of Central Province now have improved access to life saving medicine with the opening of an Australian Government funded Provincial Medical Store in Tulagi last week.

Sasamunga Community Opens Refurbished Hospital

30 July 2015

Sasamunga community in Choiseul Province now has access to improved health services and essential medicine following the official opening of its fully refurbished hospital on Wednesday this week.

HMAS Tobruk completes final voyage

3 July 2015

HMAS Tobruk, the Royal Australian Navy\'s ageing amphibious supply ship, made her final voyage into Sydney Harbour last week ahead of her decommissioning. The ship will be put rest after a long and distinguished career, which includes a strong affiliation with Solomon Islands and the Pacific.

New technology to help protect agriculture in Solomon Islands

3 July 2015

Agriculture extension officers will now be armed with the latest technology to help boost food crops and combat pests and pathogens affecting production. Last week Biosecurity Advisor to the Solomon Islands Mr Bob Macfarlane presented 27 digital tablets to Mr Michael Ho’ota, Director of Extension from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock for use by Extension Officers in the Provinces.

Safe Families program aims to put a stop to family violence

26 June 2015

Australia has announced its new ‘Safe Families’ program, aimed at addressing family violence in the Solomon Islands. This initiative is part of Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development, a commitment from the Australian government to spend AUD 30 million on gender equality in the Pacific.

Australia assists Solomon Islands Women in Business Association to attend Women in Business Expo in PNG

24 June 2015

Members of the Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) will attend the ‘Women in Business Expo’ in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 2-12 July 2015. Yesterday Sue Connell, Minister Counsellor from the Australian High Commission handed over a cheque to SIWIBA, to help the association attend the Expo.

From the High Commissioners Desk

19 June 2015

The highlight of this week for me has been the seventh Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum. This year’s was the first ever to be held in Honiara – the first six were all held in Brisbane. And by the end of proceedings on Wednesday night, it was universally proclaimed as the best forum ever.

Australia helps Tiaro Bay improve vegetable production and lead healthy lifestyles

16 June 2015

The Australian Government has helped the Tiaro Bay community improve their diets and generate income through funding from the Direct Aid Program.

Saranga Community Centre switches to solar lighting with help from Australia

29 May 2015

The Saranga Community Learning Centre officially switched on its new solar lighting system for the first time today. The project, which was funded through the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), will enable the community centre to conduct night classes in much sought after trades such as building, carpentry and joinery and will help them run computers, audio-visual equipment and small power tools.

Royal Solomon Island Police Vessel Auki returns from Tropical Cyclone Pam relief efforts in Vanuatu

22 May 2015

The Royal Solomon Island Police Vessel Auki, and its crew returned home yesterday after a two month relief mission to Vanuatu and Temoto Province in the wake of the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Australian Budget confirms Solomon Islands remains a top priority

13 May 2015

Solomon Islands will remain the third largest recipient of Australian aid globally according to the Australian Government 2015-16 Budget, delivered last night.

Australia\'s Direct Aid Program provides clean drinking water to students at St Joseph\'s Tenaru

8 May 2015

St Joseph’s Tenaru Catholic Secondary School celebrated the opening of its new water tank facilities this week. The water supply system, which was funded by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program, includes eight new water tanks and will provide fresh drinking water to over 500 students, teachers and surrounding community members.

From the High Commissioner\'s Desk

8 May 2015

This week I was honoured to attend a ceremony at the Don Bosco campus for the visiting Rector Major, the tenth successor to Don Bosco himself. Those of us in the audience heard the Prime Minister give a stirring speech about his government’s vision for vocational training in Solomon Islands.

From the High Commissioner\'s Desk

1 May 2015

The best part of my job is when I’m able to get out of the office and meet ordinary Solomon Islanders. Whether it’s opening SIWIBA’s new business development centre; attending an APTC graduation; or kicking a ball around with a local Aussie Rules team (a big thank you to the boys from the White River Demons for going easy on me!), getting out and mixing with the local community always reminds me that I have the best job in the world. Or at least in Australia’s diplomatic service!

Australian High Commission supports launch of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

27 April 2015

The Australian Government today supported the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to launch the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine in Solomon Islands.

World Malaria Day

25 April 2015

Today marks World Malaria Day – a day to take stock of advances made in the fight against malaria.

Study in Australia

15 April 2015

Applications for Australia Award Pacific Sholarships for 2016 are now open. Visit the Study in Australia page for more information.

SIWIBA Launches New Business Development Centre

14 April 2015

The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) launched their new Business Development Centre at the National Provident Fund Plaza today.

Australia supports Auditor Generals officers to attain tertiary qualifications.

25 March 2015

The Australian Government is proud to have supported four senior officers at the Auditor General’s Office attain degree qualifications at the University of the South Pacific.

Australia welcomes discussions between the Solomon Islands Government and Malaita on economic growth

23 March 2015

Last week Australian High Commission Second Secretaries Lisa Chadderton and Ben O\'Reilly accompanied Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to Auki to attend the Malaita Provincial Government policy launch

Australia assists with Aerial Assessment following Tropical Cyclone Pam

16 March 2015

Australia has provided an Australian Defence Force aircraft and personnel to support the Solomon Islands Government with an aerial assessment of Temotu and parts of Malaita following Tropical Cyclone Pam.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk

13 March 2015

I was very happy to host the annual Australian High Commission’s International Women’s Day Breakfast last Friday at the Heritage Park Hotel. The event drew together prominent women and men from all walks of life to celebrate the progress towards women’s empowerment in Solomon Islands but also to reflect on the challenges that still lay ahead.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant students in Solomon Islands

13 March 2015

Each year, the Australian High Commission supports many Solomon Islanders to complete graduate studies in Australia through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

Financial Inclusion Taskforce wins Australian High Commissioner’s International Women’s Day Award

6 March 2015

The Australian High Commissioner’s International Women’s Day award was presented to the National Financial Inclusion Taskforce yesterday for their achievements in improving access to financial services for women in Solomon Islands.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2015

6 March 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen, The first international women’s day was held in 1911. More than a million people attended rallies to support women’s right to work, to vote, to access education and training, and to hold public office.

From the High Commissioner’s Desk Column

27 February 2015

We were delighted last week to host a visit to Honiara by Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Steve Ciobo (in our system, a Parliamentary Secretary is much like a junior minister). It was the first visit to Solomon Islands by a member of the Australian Government since the election and an important opportunity for early direct contact between the Abbott and Sogavare governments.

Australian High Commission supports Innovative Partnership on Food Fortification

25 Februray 2015

The Australian Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with the Solomon Islands Government, Delite Flour Mill, Solomon Rice Company Limited and other stakeholders on food fortification in the Solomon Islands.

National Referral Hospital’s post-natal ward officially opened

19 February 2015

The newly refurbished post-natal ward at the National Referral Hospital was officially opened today by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, the Hon. Tautai Angikimua Kaitu’u, and Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP.

Australia and Solomon Islands open jointly funded National Cocoa Quality Testing Laboratory

18 Februray 2015

A National Cocoa Testing Laboratory was officially opened this afternoon by the visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary the Hon Steven Ciobo and the Minister for Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration, William Marau.

PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS VISIT TO SOLOMON ISLANDS

17 February 2015

The Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, is travelling to Solomon Islands from 17–19 February 2015. This will be Australia’s first high-level visit to Solomon Islands since its national elections in November 2014.

BUILDING THE LINKS BETWEEN AUSTRALIANS AND SOLOMON ISLANDERS

13 February 2015

I’ve been in Solomon Islands for just over a year now and I’m continually struck by the close cooperation between our two countries. But to me, our rapidly expanding people-to-people links are the most exciting part of our relationship.

Celebrating Australia in Solomon Islands

30 January 2015

This week we’ve celebrated Australia Day, which has been an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Australian. Formally, of course, Australia Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in what is now Sydney on 26 January 1788.

Australia injects an additional AUD$15 million into the Rural Development Program

30 January 2015

Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to help improve the lives of Solomon Islanders living in rural areas, contributing funding of AUD 15 million for the Second Rural Development Program (RDP).

22 January 2015

A Queensland State General Election has been announced for 31 January 2015.

The Australian High Commission in Honiara has not been appointed to provide voting services for this election. Electors living in the Solomon Islands can visit the Electoral Commission of Queensland website at http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au for information on how to vote or contact the ECQ directly by telephoning: +61 7 3227 6444 or email ecq@ecq.qld.gov.au.

 Australian High Commission helps restock blood bank

16 January 2015

Staff from the Australian High Commission together with a number of other expats rolled up their sleeves this week to donate blood to help restock the National Referral Hospital’s blood bank.

From the High Commissioner\'s Desk

16 January 2015

Early January in Honiara is a good time to reflect on the previous year and think about the year ahead. With many Solomon Islanders and Australians still enjoying their Christmas holidays, things are relatively quiet and there’s a little more time for contemplation. 

Australian university students to complete placements in Kirakira

14 January 2015

Eight undergraduate students from Australia’s Bond University arrived in Solomon Islands this week to undertake research placements in Kirakira, Makira province.