Solomon Islands

30 May 2022
The government’s decision to extend the deployment of five NZ Defence Force personnel in Solomon Islands by 12 months is to continue its support of the security in the country, Minister of Defence Peeni Henare says. NZDF personel were deployed...
25 January 2022
Health authorities in Solomon Islands are reporting 350 confirmed cases of Covid-19 today with many more expected in the days ahead. 56 people with the virus have been admitted to hospital however data on the severity of their infections is still being collated.
24 January 2022
An Australian military aircraft has landed in Honiara - the first of two flights carrying emergency medical supplies to support the Solomon Islands' response to an escalating Covid-19 outbreak. The 19-tonne cargo includes 100 oxygen concentrators and PPE, medical supplies and equipment to help manage and contain the outbreak. The flights will also deliver a total of six tonnes of UNICEF emergency water and sanitation and dignity kits.
22 March 2021
Solomon Islands' Covid-19 vaccination programme begins on Wednesday in Honiara. At the weekend, 24-thousand doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, supplied through Covax facility, arrived in the Solomons. The country's prime minister Manasseh Sogavare, gave a national update confirming the rollout will launch at the central field hospital which he said was best equipped for mass vaccinations.
26 November 2020
Solomon Islands has extended its State of Public Emergency regarding Covid-19 for another four months. This followed a declaration by Governor-General, Sir David Vunagi last night to further extend the so-called SOPE. The extension was declared after the expiry of the country's second SOPE on Tuesday. A statement from the Government confirmed the extension stemmed from a recommendation by the Prime Minister following a Cabinet endorsement last week.
11 August 2020
Solomon Islands has received the first batch in a series of medical supplies from abroad to help it prepare for a Covid-19 outbreak. The personal protective equipment and other medical supplies were financed by the Asian Development Bank and procured by the United Nations Children's Fund. The supplies, including masks, thermometers, face-shields, gowns and testing kits will help frontline medical workers respond to a potential outbreak of the virus.
25 May 2020
The first Solomon Islands repatriation flight is scheduled to take place tomorrow out of Australia. The Solomon Airlines flight will leave Brisbane for Honiara just after midday local time. Solomon Islanders who want to board the flight must purchase their own tickets from Solomon Airlines. A second repatriation flight is being planned for Wednesday to go via Vanuatu and Fiji but will be subject to the airline getting flight clearances.
5 May 2020
The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has revealed the details of a $US37.5 million economic stimulus package. Speaking on Monday at an official launch event, Mr Sogavare said the package was an initial response to the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on Solomon Islands' economy and society. "It is more sensible to prevent people losing their jobs now rather than trying to get them back into work once the pandemic has receded," Mr Sogavare said.
27 April 2020
Solomon Islands now has the capability to test for Covid-19 in the country. This was announced by the prime minister Manasseh Sogavare on Friday. Mr Sogavare said the new capability was made possible through the donation of medical equipment from China that arrived last Wednesday. "We received and welcomed the arrival of a QPRC machine, testing kits and laboratory equipment that were donated by the people's republic of China."
16 August 2018
Four people are dead in Solomon Islands after a boat they were travelling on sank in rough seas. Provincial Police Commander Central Province, Superintendent Patricia Leta said the loading capacity was for six passengers but a total of 16 boarded the boat. She said least 12 people were confirmed to have survived the tragedy and there were children among the survivors