30 May 2003

More New Zealand army engineers depart for Solomons

4:13 pm on 30 May 2003

A second group of New Zealand Army engineers is to travel to Solomon Islands tomorrow to help build police posts in Honiara and other government buildings in Western Province.

The group is to join with an earlier deployment and will stay in the Solomons until the 22nd of June.

A doctor and a dentist from the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia will work alongside the engineers.

Captain Murray Brown from the New Zealand Army, says the deployments show the Army's committment to providing assistance to the Pacific.

"The request for this support by Army came through NZAID and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade and it's basically a demonstration of our role in supporting the community and the Pacific region. Obviously in this case it's NZ Army in fact supporting the Solomon Islands, being one of our close Pacific neighbours."

Capt Murray Brown.