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New Zealand's Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs during a brief visit to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources last week. Picture by MFMR Media
New Zealand's Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs during a brief visit to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources last week. Picture by MFMR Media

New Zealand’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mr Fletcher Tabuteau, yesterday paid a courtesy visit to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources head office to see the projects funded by his Government.

These includes the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources head office building and the building that houses the Electronic Monitoring equipment of the Ministry.

Accompanying him on this brief visit was the New Zealand High Commissioner to Solomon Islands His Excellency Don Higgins.

In his remark to welcome the Mr. Fletcher and his entourage, Acting Permanent Secretary Mr Patteson Lusi thanked the New Zealand government for its continuous support to the MFMR since 2005.

He said through New Zealand’s funding, the MFMR has been able to achieve a number of outcomes

Mr Lusi stressed  he restructure that  the MFMR has been implementing  since last year which involves recruitment of additional staff, the Bina Harbour Tuna Processing Plant [AS1]  project and the construction of the tilapia hatchery at the National Aquaculture Centre at Aruligo as  three projects that the Government of New Zealand is funding.

“New Zealand has been the biggest donor partner of the Ministry of Fisheries so as a Government ministry, MFMR values New Zealand’s presence through the Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries Programme (MSSIF). It is significantly important to MFMR as an institution and to all the staff, that MSSIF work continues to implement programmes and activities now and in the future.

In his response the New Zealand Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs thanked everyone at the Ministry of Fisheries for the welcome and the opportunity to look around.

He said fishing is important everywhere in the Pacific as it helps us to find who we are.

“The work that we do here means we can carry on and make sure that future generations have access to tuna stocks out in our seas. Thank you everyone for your hard-work and for being passionate for caring about what you do,” he said.

The New Zealand Under Secretary to Foreign Affairs was here in Honiara for the official opening of the New High Commission office.