Latest News Archive July 2016

Initial development work began in 2012, bringing the former World War Two runway up to international standard.

New Zealand to Support Munda Airport Development

The development plan for the Munda airport in Western Solomon Islands is ongoing with support by the New Zealand Government.

Solomons is the Pacific's Leading Reformer

Solomon Islands has been dubbed the leading reformer in the Pacific.

APTC Supports Life Skills in Kiribati

The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) is contributing towards the development of skilled workers in targeted sectors across the Pacific, including those in Small Island States such as Kiribati.
Solomon Islands student Randy Chite walked around Viti Levu to support the TC Winston victims.

Young Chite Hands Funds to Fiji Red Cross

A student from the Solomon Islands studying in Fiji has handed over FJD$1700 to the Fiji Red Cross Society for those affected by Cyclone Winston.
Atkin Kaua in action for Canterbury United during last season's national league.

Tasman United Prepares for Life Without Young Atkin

Tasman United of New Zealand will be without young Solomon Islander, Atkin Kaua for the remainder of the Mainland Premier League, casting doubt over his future with Tasman United.
PM Sogavare and the Taiwanese Foreign Minister, Dr Lee during their dialogue in Taiwan.

Taiwan Assures Support for 2023 Games

The Taiwanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr David Tawai Lee said Taipei will work with Honiara to ensure the latter’s successful hosting of the 2023 Pacific Games.
“I look forward to the fulfillment of our desire for enhanced bilateral relations and broadened technical cooperation in the not too distant future,” says PM Sogavare.

Taiwan and Solomons Commits to Stronger Coorperation

Solomon Islands and the Republic of China have committed to taking their bilateral relations and technical cooperation to greater heights.
Dive Munda is an intimate and friendly operation with a customized approach to a client's diving needs led by an experienced Instructor Trainer.

Dive Munda Shortlisted for Global Award

Solomon Islands very own Dive Munda has been shortlisted for the 2016 Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards.
The Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare, right, and the WHO Western Pacific Regional Director, Dr Young-soo.

WHO Regional Director Visits Solomons

As part of his regional tour of the Western Pacific Region, the Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin Young-soo of the World Health Organisation (WHO) was in Solomon Islands this week.
Also discussed was the possibility of the Government providing fully-funded (Solomon Islands) Government scholarships for SINU students.

Government Commits to Supporting Local University

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Sogavare has stated that it is the intention of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government to improve both the facility and academic status of the institution to cater for tertiary education needs of the country.
Our respected church elders met last week to show support for a strategy designed to grow the destination’s appeal to international travelers looking to get married overseas.

Local Church Leaders Combine to Support SIVB Initiative

A gathering of several of the Solomon Islands’ most eminent church elders has given ‘in principle’ support to a Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau strategy designed to grow the destination’s appeal to international travelers looking to get married overseas.
Like any other Pacific country, Solomon Islands is also under threat to Climate Change.

International Climate Treaty Considered by Pacific Leaders

An international treaty is under consideration by Solomon Islands and other 14 Pacific countries to ban new coal mines and embraces 1.5C target set at Paris climate talks.

Sogavare Calls on Sikua to Release Evidence

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare has called on the Leader of Opposition to proceed in submitting the evidence he claims to have in his possession on the Prime Minister’s involvement in the events leading up to the 5th June 2000 coup to the police for investigation.
The Marovo Medical program is primarily funded through private donations and fundraising, with some medicines provided by the Solomon Islands government

Making a Difference Through Volunteerism

Access to basic health services by almost 80% of the Solomon Islands population that reside in rural areas continue to remain a challenge.

Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit Convenes

The twice postponed summit of the Melanesian Spearhead Group is underway in Honiara today, where the big issue will be West Papua.
The Secretary-General of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Octo Mote, currently in Honiara the summit of the Melanesian Spearhead Group

Nation Building Focus of West Papua Activist Group

The Solomon Islands government says the United Liberation Movement of West Papua wants to move away from advocacy towards nation-building.

Tuna Industry Gets Sustainable Fishing Certificate

The Solomon Islands skipjack and yellowfin tuna purse seine and pole and line fishery has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
Left: Variable dwarf kingfisher; right: Monkey-faced bats. Both are native to the Solomon Islands and the monkey-faced bat species are recognised by the IUCN RedList as endangered or critically endangered

Researchers to Support Local Biodiversity Preservation

Wildlife lovers can help The University of Queensland provide free conservation textbooks to more than 250 high schools in the Solomon Islands through the UQ Giving program.
Fiji's Prime Minister, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama (far right) and members of the Solomon Islands Fijian Community, Mr. Matai Vave (L) and Mr. Tamana Kativerata (C).

Solomon Island Fijians Donate to Winston Victims

Fiji's Prime Minister, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama this evening received FJD $87,044 from the Solomon Islands Fijian Community Association.

Regional Police Proposal Nears Implementation

The proposal for the establishment of a Melanesian Regional Police Academy is amongst the agendas for discussion by the Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders at their two-day meeting in Honiara later this week.

MSG Secretariat Undergoes Restructuring

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat is undergoing a major organizational restructure under the leadership of its new Director-General, Mr Amena Yauvoli.
Fiji's Prime Minister, Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama and Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Sogavare during the 4th PIDF Opening Ceremony.

Fiji Prime Minister Opens 4th PIDF Conference

Fiji's Prime Minister and outgoing Chair of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Voreqe Bainimarama says the PIDF has established itself as a worthy and respected international institution that honestly represents the interests of its members to the world

Climate Change Part of PIDF Discussions

The Outgoing Chair of the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Prime Minister Hon Frank Bainimarama of Fiji said the PIDF’s fourth Leaders’ Summit will build on the commitment in the Suva Declaration to push for the limitation of global temperature rise to 1.5 Degrees Centigrade.

High Grade Bauxite in Solomon Islands

Iron Mountain Mining Ltd has discovered extensive high grade, low levels of silica bauxite deposits from augur drilling in the Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands.
PIDF Secretary-General Francois Martel, (left), with Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare.

Pacific Islands Development Forum Begins

The 4th summit of the Pacific Islands Development Forum is set to begin in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara today.
“I think an issue that should be very high on the agenda is securing our borders, we are friendly Melanesian neighbours but there are people who traverse those waters with questionable intentions.”

Solomon Islands Extends Reconciliation Plans to PNG and Bougainville

Following its one week reconciliation program in Honiara the Solomon Islands Government is planning to extend its reconciliation efforts to neighbouring Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Region.
Charlie Rao, 22 months, from the Solomon Islands, with his mother Mary Ribe, before his life-changing surgery at The Canberra Hospital.

Life-saving Surgery for 22 Month Old Baby in Canberra

A baby boy from the Solomon Islands has undergone a lifesaving operation at the Canberra Hospital after enduring two attempts at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara.
A boat market visits a cruise ship in the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands Benefits from Cruise Ship Arrivals

More than one million Australians went on a cruise in 2015, making Australia the highest proportion of cruisers per population in the world.
The Malaga Journey begins tonight at the National Museum Auditorium.

Choral Festival Begins Tonight

The Solomon Voices Choir have welcomed the presence of Musical Maestro Mr. Igelese Ete and Fijian Youth Leader, Peter Waqavonovono.
The meeting brought together representatives from the eight PNA member countries to deliberate on issues relating to Longline Vessel Day Scheme and how it can be implemented by member countries starting in 2017.

PNA Workshop Deemed Successful

Chairman of the Parties to Nauru Agreement (PNA) Technical Working Group and Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Mr Edward Honiwala said their first meeting held in Munda, Western Province recently was a success.
“Our hearts are not in tune with our profession of religiousness and this programme is about getting the formula right. We must be willing to emulate the character of God in forgiving one another," says the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Apologizes to Nation

Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare yesterday apologized to all Solomon Islanders on behalf of all National Government’s that ruled Solomon Islands since Independence for allowing the country to go down the path of ethnic crisis.

Solomon Islands Begin National Reconciliation

As of yesterday, the Solomon Islands Government have began a National Reconciliation Program to formally address reconciliation amongst parties affected by the period of the ethnic crisis.