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Welcome to the Australian High Commission, Honiara
AusAID Director General Peter Baxter visited Solomon Islands’ National Referral Hospital today to meet the Australian medical team assisting local health authorities to combat a major outbreak of dengue fever.
Solomon Islands and Australia today signed a joint statement on zero tolerance to fraud in the Solomon Islands – Australia Partnership for Development.
Solomon Islands and Australia have agreed to an enhanced Partnership for Development at today’s high level aid partnership talks in Honiara.
His Excellency, the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui and Lady Kabui
Honorable Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo
RAMSI’s Special Coordinator, and my friends and colleagues of the Diplomatic Corps – on this day I acknowledge His Excellency the New Zealand High Commissioner
Commissioner and members of the RSIPF
Commander and members of the PPF
Commander and members of the CTF and serving members of the ADF
To ex-service personnel, distinguished guests, friends, boys and girls.
Gud fella morning olketa, and tangio tumas fo kam lo hia lo dispefela special day blo Australia and New Zealand
Briefing on Solomon Islands – Australia Partnership for Development
23 November 2012
Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Matt Anderson has met with recently appointed Minister for Development, Planning and Aid Coordination, Connelly Sandakabatu to congratulate him on his appointment and discuss focus areas within the Solomon Islands – Australia Partnership for Development.
World Toilet Day is celebrated globally on 19 November to highlight the importance of clean water and access to hygiene services to keep communities healthy.
New Australian volunteers arrive in Solomon Islands
16 November 2012
Five new Australian Volunteers have arrived in Solomon Islands to begin their placements with government ministries and sport associations. The new volunteers will take up positions with Solomon Islands Water Authority, Solomon Islands Cricket Association, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Solomon Islands AFL Association and Solomon Islands College of Higher Education.
Representatives of community groups across Solomon Islands gathered at the Australian High Commission on Wednesday 7 November to receive more than $800,000 worth of funding for development projects around the country that will directly improve people’s lives.
Australian leadership to fight malaria and save lives
2 November 2012
Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced Australia will spend more than $100 million over the next four years to help reduce deaths and illness from malaria in the Asia-Pacific region. Senator Carr announced the funding at Malaria2012: Saving Lives in the Asia Pacific conference in Sydney.
“Watch this face” with the Australian High Commission in Movember
1 November 2012
If Honiara seems hairier this month, there’s a good reason: the men of the Australian High Commission have begun a month-long effort to raise awareness of men’s health issues by growing moustaches in support of “MOVEMBER”.
Constitution to guide Solomon Islands – Australia alumni network
22 October 2012
The Solomon Islands – Australia scholarship alumni network is ready for action with the constitution finalised to guide the operation and activities of the alumni. The development of the constitution follows the launch of the Solomon Islands – Australia scholarship alumni earlier this year and the formation of a six member executive steering group.
Hellen proud of her Aussie wheels
3 September 2012
One of the proudest people at the flag bearer ceremony for the six Oceania nations to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games was Hellen Saohaga, the Solomon Islands' first Paralympian and their only competitor for London.
Malaria elimination in Solomon Islands
18 August 2012
Australia will aim for the long-term elimination of malaria in the Solomon Islands, starting with delivery of an additional $14.75 million over four years for treated bed nets, mosquito spraying and community education, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said today.
Investing in transport infrastructure in Solomon Islands
18 August 2012
Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr on 18 August inspected Australian-funded road and bridge works in West Guadalcanal during his visit to Solomon Islands.
70th Anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra
9 August 2012
An address by Australian High Commissioner Matt Anderson on 9 August 2012 commemorating the 70th anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra during World War II. The address was given from aboard the HMAS Gascoyne at the site of HMAS Canberra’s loss, off Savo Island in the Solomon Islands.
YouTube Ambassadors Series – High Commissioner Matt Anderson discusses Australia’s relationship with Solomon Islands
30 July 2012
Matthew Anderson is Australia's High Commissioner to Solomon Islands. Here he discusses central issues in Australia's relationship with Solomon Islands, including Australian involvement in RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands), Australia's aid partnership with the Solomons, and ongoing development challenges in Solomon Islands. He also discusses his extensive experience working in the Pacific, and Australia's work to advance the role and status of women in the Pacific.
Festival of Pacific Arts
9 July 2012
An opinion piece written by Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, the Hon Richard Marles MP, following his visit to Honiara for the Festival of Pacific Arts.
Roads and bridges important for all Solomon Islanders
5 July 2012
Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles says improving road infrastructure and maintaining roads and bridges is a critical part of Australia’s development partnership with the Solomon Islands Government.
Solomon Islands girl the 100,000th participant in Australia’s ‘Just Play’ program
3 July 2012
Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs Richard Marles today announced that a young Solomon Islands girl is the 100,000th participant in Australia’s ‘Just Play’ program.
Australia’s enduring commitment to Solomon Islands has been reaffirmed during meetings in Honiara between Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs Richard Marles and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga.
Richard Marles welcomes Australian delegation to Pacific Arts Festival
2 July 2012
Visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles officially welcomed the Australian delegation to the Festival of Pacific Arts who are taking part in the two week festival in Honiara.
Australian DCP Financial Year ends with a bang at Hell's Point
22 June 2012
The Australian Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) has completed its final financial commitment to the Australian/ Solomon Islands bilateral support to the RSIPF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Program at Hell’s Point.
Stop violence against women: Australia gives $750,000 to human rights champions
13 June 2012
Australia is providing $750,000 (A$100,000) to respected NGO Live and Learn Environmental Education to train and mobilise 50 men to be ‘human rights champions’ in 20 settlements around Honiara to advocate against violence and sexual abuse against women.
RSIPF Band Plays From A Different Sheet Of Music
7 June 2012
The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Band on Tuesday received a boost from former military bands in Australia through the donation of some much awaited and pre loved sheet music to the RSIPF Band and Police Commissioner John Lansley.
Australian Deputy High Commissioner Dr Dave Peebles handed over 10 water tanks to Vonunu Provincial Secondary School Principal, Tagholyn Kabakabe, at Gizo Wharf in Western Province on 29 May.
Pacific Break 2012 remastered
6 June 2012
Radio Australia has launched Pacific Break 2012 ‘remastered’ – this year the competition enters a new and exciting stage, offering the winner the opportunity to fly to Australia to record a demo of their best song.
Eliminating malaria from Solomon Islands
30 May 2012
A message from the Australian High Commissioner, Matt Anderson, on eliminating malaria from Solomon Islands on AusAIDs blog, Engage.
A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion passing low overhead offered a new wave of hope for 49 Solomon Islanders stranded in life rafts with no sight of land last Saturday afternoon.
HOMs interview wtih Radio Australia in pijin on the Governor General's visit
27 May 2012
An interview by ABC's Radio Australia with the Head of Mission Matt Anderson in pijin discussing Her Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce's, trip to the Pacific including the Solomon Islands.
HOMs address on SIDT's 30th Anniversary
8 May 2012
Speech by Australian High Commissioner, Matt Anderson, on Solomon Islands Development Trusts' (SIDT) 30th Anniversary.
Scholarships for regional study now open
30 April 2012
The Australian Regional Development Scholarships (ARDS) are now available for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the Pacific region.
Radike Samo draws big crowd in Solomon Islands
9 April 2012
Australian rugby union star Radike Samo visited Solomon Islands to launch the Pacific in Union program to promote rugby union and healthy lifestyles.
Women Leaders Forum National Parliament of Solomon Islands, Honiara
3 April 2012
Address by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce Governor-General of Australia to Women Leaders of Solomon Islands during her visit on 3 April 2012.
The visiting Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, called for an end to violence against women and children and encouraged woman to run for parliament during her ‘talk with women’ in Solomon Islands.
New booklets help Solomon Islands women to manage finances
3 April 2012
A rural-based volunteer women’s organisation in Solomon Islands is leading the way for women to manage their finances, learn to budget for household items and save for their family’s future.
CONNECTING CULTURES: Building the tapestry of a global culture
14 March 2012
A speech given by Acting Australian High Commissioner Dr Dave Peebles to the Honourable Prime Minister, members of the diplomatic corps and school children on the occasion of Commonwealth Day,14 March 2012.
Alumni Network for Australian Scholarship Holders
14 March 2012
Be part of the inaugural alumni network for current and former Australian scholars.
Scholarships to study in Australia in 2013 now open
29 February 2012
Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) and Australian Leaderships Awards (ALA) Scholarships are available for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Australia.
Australian Trade Mission Visits Solomon Islands
24 February 2012
An Australian Trade Mission visited Solomon Islands from 20-24 February to explore potential trade and investment opportunities in the country.
Defence support to Solomon Islands
26 January 2012
Defence support is provided through the Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) in three main areas: provision of support to the RSIPF Maritime Unit and EOD Team, and support to the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). Activities are arranged and coordinated by the Defence Adviser and his Assistant in the Australian High Commission.
High Commissioner's Australia Day message
26 January 2012
On Australia Day, we gather, wherever we are in the world, to celebrate what’s great about being Australian.
Australian Volunteers set to make a difference in Solomon Islands
20 January 2012
Fourteen new Australian Volunteers arrived in Solomon Islands this month to begin their placements with government ministries, colleges, non-government and community groups.
Announcement of Seasonal Worker Program
18 December 2011
On 18 December 2011, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, Australia's Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation; the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australia's then Minister for Foreign Affairs; and the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Australia's Minister for Tourism, announced the Seasonal Worker Program, to begin on 1 July 2012.
Message Stick Exhibition Opens in Honiara
14 October 2011
On 14 October, the Australian High Commissioner Matt Anderson and the Acting Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Maelanga, officially opened the touring art exhibition Message Stick: Indigenous Identity in Urban Australia at the King Solomon Hotel.
Australian Sports Outreach Program 2011/2012
26 April 2011
Applications for the 2011/12 round of the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP): Pacific Sports Development Grants closed on 27 May 2011.
Anzac Day Honoured in Solomon Islands
25 April 2011
Over 400 people from the local and expatriate communities gathered at The Cenotaph at dawn on Monday 25 April for the Anzac Day Service of Remembrance.
Australia Boosts Volleyball in Solomon Islands
30 March 2011
The Solomon Islands Volleyball Federation (SIVF) has commenced its ‘Volleyball in Schools’ development program with the support of a SBD 75,000 grant from the Australian Government under the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP).
High Commissioner to Solomon Islands
26 March 2011
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd, has announced that Australia’s next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands will be Mr Matthew Anderson. Mr Anderson is expected to take up his appointment in May 2011. He will replace Mr Frank Ingruber who has been High Commissioner since May 2009.
26 March 2011
The Australian High Commission participated in Earth Hour 2011, which took place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30pm (local time). Earth Hour is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.
AHC Supports Emu Harbour Health Centre
16 February 2011
The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce its support for the Emu Harbour Health Centre, Western Province.
AHC Opens Water Tank Project on Ranogga Island
14 February 2011
Australian High Commission Third Secretary, Ms Rachel Small, visited Ranogga Island recently and opened the Buri Village, Tavaneka South Community water tank project.
Australia Supports Development in Western Province
11 February 2011
The Australian Government has provided over SBD 60,000 to Solomon Dive Adventures on Marovo Lagoon in Western Province to support the training of local Solomon Islander scuba diving instructors.