Faking it til you make it as a diplomat

By Alison Duncan

Having done diplomatic postings to Jakarta and Honiara, I’ll be honest and say that Wellington seemed like a pretty boring option.

But after meeting a handsome Kiwi in the Solomon Islands, it came to pass that, in 2015, I followed that well-trodden path of Aussies who move to NZ for love.

Fortunately, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade saw fit to give me a posting. Unfortunately, the only job at my level was an economic and trade one. An area in which I had, at that time, very little experience or interest.

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A very Pacific solution for a Pacific challenge: the success of RAMSI

This week’s guest blogger is Quinton Devlin, Special Coordinator of the  Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

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Photo by http://www.ramsi.org/

Shortly after the first rays of dawn hit the tarmac of the Honiara international airport on 24 July 2003, Australian and New Zealand police, soldiers and civilians – along with forces from eventually 13 other Pacific Islands nations – began landing in Solomon Islands to help a neighbour ravaged by five years of ethnically-charged conflict. These men and women formed the first elements of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, widely known as RAMSI.

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