THE three-day celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) ended on Wednesday night.
The event included the celebration of Melanesian week with live entertainment at the Melanesian market, a Melanesian food tasting event and the display of native traditional artefacts, paintings and carvings.
The events took place at the University of the South Pacific (USP) between Monday and Wednesday earlier this week and hosted foreigners to a traditional Fijian welcome ceremony at the opening.
Among the opening's distinguished guests was former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare who spoke passionately about the virtues of patience and understanding within the MSG family.
The Melanesian Week themed 'Melanesian Solidarity and Growth' celebrated 25 years of unity between the five members of the MSG.
The members are Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and the Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak Socialiste (FLNKS), which is a pro-independence movement from New Caledonia.
The university, in a statement on Wednesday, said this was an opportune time for Melanesians to come and celebrate one another's diversity.