Latest News Archive May 2014

Government Commends US Navy

The Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services has commended the US Navy on a special underwater training program conducted for the Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Maritime Police team this month.

Political Parties Integrity Bill likely to Pass

The government of Solomon Islands says its Political Parties Integrity Bill is "very close" to finally becoming law.
Solomon Islands High Commission in Fiji wishes to express its deepest and sincere gratitude to those that have lend their support towards victims of the April 3 flooding which took lives and damaged properties.

Solomons High Commission Thanks Supporters

The Solomon Islands High Commission Office in Suva, Fiji has publicly acknowledged the support received from Organizations and Individuals in Fiji together with the Solomon Islands Community in Suva for their response to a flood appeal launched in Suva last month.

Flood Victims Accuses Government for Neglect

Solomon Islanders displaced by last month's flash floods have accused the government of neglecting their plight by failing to make a decision to release land for rebuilding.

Electoral Disputes Claims of Voter Fraud

Solomon Islands' Electoral Commission says a formal complaint must be made before there is any investigation into voter rigging.

RAMSI Seen as an Expensive Exercise

A Lowy Insitute report says despite some impressive achievements, Australia's decade-long assistance in Solomon Islands has been a costly and disproportionate investment.
APTC is a development initiative funded by the Australian Government to deliver training and to increase the supply of skilled workers in targeted sectors in the Pacific region. APTC has campuses in Fiji, Samoa,Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Solomons APTC Celebrates One Year

One year ago, Solomon Islands’ first Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) campus was launched at Don Bosco Technical Institute, boosting training and skills development opportunities for Solomon Islanders.

"Blackbirding" to be Highlighted on National Museum Day

For the 4th year running, the Solomon Islands National Museum will celebrate International Museum Day on 16th May 2014, an annual event usually celebrated on 18th May by thousands of museums across the world.
Training officer Junita Pige, trainee Lawrencia Beata, nursery officer Serah Hori, trainee Sharon Riasi and Executive Officer Tiffany Tuhaika.

Farmers to Benefit from Australia-SEB Partnership

Thousands of farmers across Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands are set to benefit from a new SBD320,000 partnership between the Australian aid program and Solo Enviro Beautification (SEB).
Isabel Grandmother Awarded for Environmental Leadership

Isabel Grandmother Awarded for Environmental Leadership

Moira Dasipio says helping Solomon Islands women to speak up and be heard is one of her greatest achievements.
The New Zealand delegation was led by Craig Hawke, Deputy-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and head of the New Zealand Aid Programme.

Solomons and New Zealand Affirm Development Cooperation

New Zealand and Solomon Island Governments have held high-level consultations on the development cooperation for the two countries.
The Solomon Islands virgin coconut oil export industry is facing high competition from other suppliers in the Pacific and South East Asia regions, including Fiji, Samoa, Thailand and the Philippines.

Coconut Oil Producers Association Calls for Support

Local virgin coconut oil producers say the Solomon Islands is being held back from competing with other Pacific and Asian nations because of a lack of government support.

Wellington Paramedics to Assist Gizo Medical Staff

Two Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics are heading to the Solomon Islands, to train medics and provide much needed equipment.

Solomon Community in PNG to Raise More Funds

The Solomon Islands community in Port Moresby is organizing two major fundraising drives towards the ongoing recovery efforts in Solomon Islands following last month’s flash flooding which killed at least 22 people and damaged property.
The Prime Minister acknowledge the commitment of the government of Japan through JICA as the implementing agency in developing the national port in Honiara, the road highway in the city and the rehabilitation of the two Mataniko bridges after the recent flush floods that left at least 22 people dead and hundreds homeless.

JICA President Meets Lilo

President of Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Akihiko Tanaka paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo where they held discussions on various subjects ranging from grant aid to JICA volunteer programs in Solomon Islands.
Barbara Kinsgley, ANZ staff helping to pack relief items with World Vision.

ANZ Staff Volunteers with World Vision

In the days and weeks following the floods, volunteers have played an important role in World Vision Solomon Islands emergency response, including packing relief items for affected communities.

New Permanent Secretaries Appointed

The Solomon Islands Government through the Public Service Commission has recently appointed two new Permanent Secretaries.
The Nanala community is located around four hours walk inland from Gold Ridge, and is home to more than 350 people. The primary school is the first school for the village.

Australia Builds First School for Nanala

More than one hundred representatives from Nanala community and the Guadalcanal Provincial Government celebrated the opening of the Nanala Community Primary School, funded by the Solomon Islands Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program.

Pacific has Regional Cold Storage Facility for Vaccines

For the first time, Pacific countries will have a regional cold storage facility for all vaccines.
Sir Frank won by an absolute majority of 23 votes against his closest rival, Andrew Mua who polled 21 of the 44 votes cast by members of Parliament.

Sir Frank Re-elected for Second Term

Governor General Sir Frank Kabui has been re-elected for a second term today after 4 rounds of voting at the national parliament.
Those victims who have been repatriated in the past weeks have been assisted with repatriation kits including food, tools and other basic necessities that enabled them to restart their lives.

NDMO Issues Warning on "Cash Grants" Rumors

The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has strongly dismissed rumors that the Government will provide “cash grants” as part of a repatriation package to families affected by last month’ s flooding.
Mike Nunan and his counterpart from National Medical Stores, Willie Horoto.

Solomons Bids Farewell to Longstanding Key Australian Health Adviser

After more than six years living and working in Solomons, well-known Australian pharmacy adviser Mike Nunan is saying ‘lukim iufala’.

Repatriation Continues for those Affected

As the repatriation of flood victims in Honiara, Solomon Islands continues throughout the week, more families have been given repatriation kits and food supplies to support them during the rehabilitation process.