NZ to Fund Social Infrastructures for Youth

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Left to Right: Minister for Home Affairs, Ishmael Avui, NZ High Commissioner, Don Higgins, Honiara City Mayor, Wilson Mamae at the ground breaking ceremony at Multipurpose Hall.

BY JOY OFASIA

NEW Zealand government will fund the expansion of a series of new infrastructure projects to support youth development in the Solomon Islands.

The infrastructure development projects will deliver an innovative youth hub, performance stage, and the expansion of the multipurpose sports hall.

A groundbreaking ceremony to signify the endorsement of the project was held on August 13 at the multipurpose hall grounds, China Town. The project will start off in August 2019 and should end by 2020.

At the event, New Zealand High Commissioner Don Higgins, said that it is time to think about the future of the youths in the country.

“We must do what we can to make sure that we help them realize the potential that they have. We need to ensure the creativity; curiosity and ideas of youths contribute to the growth of the Solomon Islands community,” the New Zealand High Commissioner said.

The project aims to provide a social hub to support youth development in Honiara.

President of the Honiara Youth Council James Harry acknowledges Honiara City Council and the New Zealand government and people of New Zealand for believing in the young people of Honiara with this gift.

James Harry said that the day sets a milestone for young people of Honiara city.

“I believe that this project will enhance our skills and talents to be able to participate and contribute meaningfully to the development of our country Honiara,” Harry said.

Harry believes that the expansion of the multipurpose hall will provide a space where our young people can address some of the critical issues themselves through services provided by the project.

“This is a celebration of a dream come true for our young people and sportsmen and women of the city and the country as a whole for this great project.”

The groundbreaking ceremony was held during the three days Youth week celebrations and it attracted the attendance of the Honiara youths, Government Ministries, Non-Government Organizations and students from various schools in Honiara.