A Solomon Islands academic says the country's leaders need to change their mentality.
Victoria University associate professor, Kabini Sanga, said for too long leaders in his home country have been using their challenging circumstances as an excuse not to strive for excellence.
As the Solomons gears up for a 40th Independence anniversary Professor Sanga said for any leader to settle for such a position is irresponsible.
"I think there is a degree of daringness that is needed by Solomon Islands' leaders in these times to be able to say yes what we are seeing or what we are finding is this," he said.
"We are not as unified as we would like to see being unified. There are many things to do as yet so let's go ahead and work on those things."
Kabini Sanga received a New Zealand order of merit for services to education and the Pacific community in the latest New Year's Honours.
It was partly for his work developing young leaders in both Solomon Islands and New Zealand.