RAMSI’s regional nature is its core underlying strength with the mission benefiting from the diverse cultures and experience of the contributing members. Since the arrival of RAMSI in 2003, thousands of police, military and civilian personnel from across the region have served with RAMSI and worked side by side with Solomon Islanders.
New Zealand is the second-largest contributor to RAMSI, with civilians, military and police from across New Zeeland serving in all facets of RAMSI since the Mission began in July 2003. New Zealand Police officers remain the second largest contingent within the Participating Police Force.
The position of RAMSI Deputy Special Coordinator is held by a senior public servant from New Zealand.
New Zealand comprises two main narrow and mountainous islands, the North Island and the South Island, separated by Cook Strait, and a number of smaller outlying islands. The total land area is approximately 268,000 square kilometres. The capital, Wellington, is situated on the south-west tip of the North Island. New Zealand has a cool temperate climate, strongly influenced by oceanographic factors.
New Zealand has a population of around 4.4 million (2012). Traditionally, most inward migration has been from the United Kingdom, Australia and Northern Europe. In more recent times, a growing number of migrants have come from the Pacific island countries, particularly Samoa, Cook Islands and Niue, and from Asia.