27 Oct 2011

Mono Island in Solomons remembers WW2 battle alongside New Zealanders

5:15 pm on 27 October 2011

The tiny community on Mono in Solomon Islands has today been commemorating a landmark battle of the Second World War.

The fight to take the island from the Japanese left almost 200 New Zealand soldiers dead and wounded and it is still remembered annually by the locals.

This year the New Zealand naval vessel, HMNZS Resolution, is there for commemorations with the 15 hundred strong community.

Lieutenant Commander Matt Wray says the battle was significant and has bound the two countries together.

"Ever since that day the Mono Islanders have celebrated the 27 of October as New Zealand Day. It's actually their biggest celebration all year, larger than Christmas."

Lieutenant Commander Matt Wray