New Zealand is funding efforts to combat an invasive pest that has the potential to devastate livelihoods and threaten food security in the Pacific.
About Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands is made up of six major islands and around 900 smaller ones, located between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. It is home to around 610,000 people.
New Zealand’s relationship with Solomon Islands has developed over many years of close association dating back to early missionary linkages with Bishop Selwyn in the mid-nineteenth century.
Find out more about Solomon Islands.
The trading relationship between New Zealand and Solomon Islands is modest, accounting for 3% of our trade in the Pacific.
Fisheries are an important source of income and food for Solomon Islands. We have an agreement that allows New Zealand fishing companies to enter into contracts directly with the Solomon Islands government.
Tourism is also seen as a key area for future economic growth. Increasing connectivity and air links is a key priority to enable tourism, and New Zealand is the lead donor in aviation infrastructure and management reform. We also work with Solomon Islands to support their efforts to strengthen economic governance, and create an enabling environment for business.
Goods exports to Solomon Islands
Top exports: sugars and sugar confectionary, meat, dairy products, iron and steel
Goods imports from Solomon Islands
Top imports: wood and wood products, coconut oil
USD$1.4 billion^ (2016)
|GDP per capita||USD$2,270^ (2014)||NZ GDP per capita is USD$41,267|
New Zealand’s long term objectives are to help Solomon Islands’ government achieve a stable, resilient and socially cohesive society; an economy that enables prosperity and more equitable distribution of benefits; and deliver for all citizens and engage constructively in the region.
Find out more about our current priorities, achievements and activities in Solomon Islands.
- New Zealand is represented in Solomon Islands by the New Zealand High Commission, Honiara
- Solomon Islands is represented in New Zealand by the High Commission of Solomon Islands, Wellington (external link)
New Zealand to Solomon Islands
- 2019: Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters will lead the Pacific Mission to Melanesia, including Solomon Islands.
- 2017: Former Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett led a high level delegation, including NZDF and NZ Police officials, to the RAMSI drawdown celebrations.
- 2013: A high level delegation led by former Prime Minister John Key visited for the 10th anniversary of RAMSI.
- Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully has visited several times: with the Prime Minister and several Pacific Island leaders in January 2009; in February 2010, in August 2010, in June 2011, in January 2012, in August 2013, August 2015 and most recently in February 2017.
Solomon Islands to New Zealand
- 2018: Former Prime Minister Rick Hou visited New Zealand in June.
- 2017: Former Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister Milner Tozaka visited New Zealand in March and again in July on invitation of MBIE to observe the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme. He also met with Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully to discuss the bilateral relationship.
- 2016: Former Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister Milner Tozaka visited New Zealand for Pacific Trade Ministers Meeting and signed a Joint Commitment for Development with Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully.
- 2014: Former Finance Minister Rick Hou and former Minister for Infrastructure Development Seth Gukuna visited New Zealand as part of an Aviation Study Tour.
- 2014: Former Prime Minister Lilo led a delegation to New Zealand.
- 2013: Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon Clay Forau visited New Zealand.
- 2011: Former Prime Minister Danny Philip for the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting.
News & Events
The Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade select committee is conducting an inquiry into New Zealand’s aid to the Pacific.
New rules on South Pacific bottom fishing will significantly improve management of deep water fisheries and reduce the impact on the marine environment.
Remarks by Deputy Secretary Pacific and Development Group Jonathan Kings at event hosted by New Zealand Aid and Development Dialogues at Victoria University, Wellington, 5 July 2018