On 22 August the NZ government handed over a standby generator to the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC). The generator will ensure SIBC’s transmission and services via its medium and
shortwave frequencies remain operational even when there is a power outage.
Speaking at a brief handing over ceremony, New Zealand High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Jonathan Schwass said the donation marks another milestone in the partnership between New Zealand and SIBC. He said it is important for SIBC to have an uninterruptible power supply during broadcasting.
“Given the power outage we are having at the moment, it is really important to have an uninterruptible power supply for SIBC broadcast. That’s not just the matter of ensuring the listening pleasure of Solomon
Islanders. It is also a matter of guaranteeing the flow of essentials to the scattered Islands and the communities of this country especially in times of natural disasters and during crises like COVID-19,’’
Commissioner Schwass said. He added Aotearoa New Zealand is very pleased to be able to help SIBC to keep functioning well as its medium and shortwave transmitters are really a life-line for the whole country.
Chair of the SIBC Board Dr William Parairato said SIBC continues to strengthen its relationship with New Zealand through Radio New Zealand Pacific. SIBC continues with its relationship with New Zealand
through Radio New Zealand in the areas of news, current affairs and technical training,”
SIBC website via SWLing Post via Paul Rawdon to NZ DX Times via WOR iog (2023-09-03)