CARVINGS from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia displayed at the Oceania Centre at the University of the South Pacific (USP) were an attraction.
The carvings were on display as part of the three-day celebrations marking the Melanesian Spearhead Group's (MSG) 25 year anniversary. The carvings were supplied by representatives of the Solomon Islands and PNG, while some were provided by the Department of Culture and Heritage.
"Yesterday (Monday), there were so many people who came by and showed interest in the different displays, particularly the ones which were from other parts of the Pacific," said Lia Korodrau, one of the women in-charge of the artefacts.
Ms Korodrau said watching over the artefacts provided a good opportunity to meet others.
"We even had some of the university staff come by with Sir Michael Somare."
Sir Michael is in the country for the celebrations, making appearances at the artefacts bure, the market day and was keynote speaker at the welcome ceremony.
In a statement issued by the university, Sir Michael was described as being a strong supporter of the MSG, particularly in the area of trade and cultural relations between Melanesian nations.