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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.

 

Trade

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.

2018 statistics

Two-way trade

NZD$67.5 million*

 

Goods exports to Solomon Islands

NZD$28 million* 

Top exports: sugars and sugar confectionary, meat, dairy products, iron and steel

Goods imports from Solomon Islands

NZD$8 million*

Top imports: wood and wood products, coconut oil

GDP

USD$1.4 billion^ (2016)

 
GDP per capita USD$2,270^ (2014) NZ GDP per capita is USD$41,267

Sources: *MBIE Trade Intelligence May 2019 (external link)   ^IMF WEO April 2019 (external link)

Development cooperation

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.

Embassies

Recent official visits

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

Aviation partnership makes Pacific airways safer

Pacific
Cook Islands
Kiribati
Nauru
Niue
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu

Commercial air travel in the Pacific is now safer and more reliable following the completion of a four-year programme improving air navigation across the region.

Improved access to essential medicines for Polynesia

Pacific

Improved access to essential medicines in Polynesia following support from New Zealand will help Pacific people live healthier lives, MFAT Deputy Secretary Jonathan Kings announced on 3 October 2019.

Measles outbreak in New Zealand

Africa
Caribbean
Europe
Latin America
Middle East
North America
North Asia
Pacific
South Asia
South East Asia
Australia
United Kingdom

Find out more about the current outbreak of measles in New Zealand.