Solomon Islands first High Commissioner to New Zealand has been formally commissioned at the Government House today.

Mrs Joy Kiriau Kere is the country’s first ever female high commissioner to head a foreign mission abroad.

A statement from the Government Communication Unit says the Government last month opened a new Mission in Wellington to fulfill the country’s foreign relations policy of broadening its presence in strategic locations abroad as well as enhancing relations with a close Pacific neighbor and developing partner-New Zealand.

Solomon Islands ongoing relations with New Zealand are based on ties established even before 1978.

Governor General Sir Frank Kabui today expressed confidence in Her Excellency Mrs Kere’s capacity as a professional public officer to head the Wellington Mission.

As High Commissioner to New Zealand, her foremost task is to represent and promote the interests of the Government of Solomon Islands in New Zealand.

Mrs Kere pledged to fulfill her assigned responsibilities as expected by the government and people to ensure Solomon Islands benefit its representation in New Zealand.

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