NZ help to multi purpose facility in Solomons' capital

6:38 pm on 1 July 2017
Paula Bennett speaks to children during ceremonies in the Solomon Islands to mark the end of the RAMSI mission.

Photo: RNZ Pacific / Koroi Hawkins

New Zealand is to contribute up to $US4.4 million dollars for the redevelopment of a multi-purpose facility in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.

Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett said Honiara had a large population of young people and ensuring they had access to sporting and educational facilities was important for the country's future.

Ms Bennett was in Honiara for the celebrations marking the departure of the Regional Assistance Mission.

She said the upgraded facility would provide a safe and positive environment for young people to engage in sport and get access to health and education services.

The new money will go towards more upgrades and maintenance, and a significant expansion of the existing facilities.