Latest News Archive November 2019

Kooline Futsal Club Aims to Repeat Kurukuru’s Feat

Kooline Futsal Club Aims to Repeat Kurukuru’s Feat

OFC Futsal Champions League-bound, Kooline futsal club is in positive chi to represent the country at the inaugural competition in Auckland, New Zealand.
Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have visited 16 communities in Shortland Islands.

Community Awareness Conducted on Bougainville Referendum

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have visited 16 communities in Shortland Islands as part of community engagement with the people of Shortland Islands in preparation to provide security during the Bougainville Referendum that will be occur on 23 November 2019.
Mbulo Caves in Mbulo Island has a series of caves cut into the reef around the island. This dive is all about the light; swimming in and out of caves, finding beams of light to shoot. A green jungle canopy lies above.

A Hidden Diving Destination

The Solomon Islands are a key part to the Coral Triangle and easily rival other Indo-Pacific dive travel destination, with fabulous coral reefs, diverse marine life, and historic World War II wrecks.
The $US33.8 million project includes the construction of a new departure terminal, new taxiway and apron as well as the repair and refurbishment of existing infrastructure and the installation of new flood control mechanisms and lighting.

Contract on Terminal Upgrade Signed

A Japanese corporation has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to upgrade Honiara International Airport in Solomon Islands.
Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people

UNICEF's Response to Pacific Measles Outbreak

UNICEF is supporting the Government of Samoa to respond to a measles outbreak in the country.
Tight Security as Parliament Resumes Today

Tight Security as Parliament Resumes Today

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) will be mounting an operation to provide back up security for the meeting of National Parliament which starts today.
Solomon Islands director of dental services Dr Ellison Vane, Dr David Goldsmith and Solomon Islands National Referral Hospital medical superintendent Dr John Hue in one of the new dental surgeries at the hospital.

Ballarat-led Rotary Team Donates Dental Equipments

Residents in the Solomon Islands will be smiling a little wider and brighter after a Rotary volunteer dental team led from Ballarat built eight new dental clinics and a sterilising room in its capital Honiara.
Ministry of Health had already embarked on an intense National Supplementary Immunisation activities.

Measles Preparedness by Government

Measles outbreak in neighboring countries has put Solomon Islands at a risk of a measles outbreak as well.
Preparations Underway for Royal Visit

Preparations Underway for Royal Visit

Preparation for the visit next week by His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles to Solomon Islands is well underway.
The new Guardian Class Pacific Patrol Boat -RSIPV Gizo.

New Patrol Boat to Benefit People of Solomon Islands

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and the people of the country will greatly benefit from the new Australian gifted patrol boat.
Judges Selected for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards

Judges Selected for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards

Members of the Business Excellence Awards (BEA) 2019 judging panel have been selected.
SINPF Develops Innovative IT Solution for youSave Members

SINPF Develops Innovative IT Solution for youSave Members

youSave members can now make deposits into their accounts with Solomon Island National Provident Fund (SINPF) through their mobile phones, using mobile top ups (airtime credit).
Police Destroys 745 Kilograms of Cocaine

Police Destroys 745 Kilograms of Cocaine

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have destroyed the 500 kilograms of cocaine seized from a yacht in September 2018 during a joint operation with the Australian Federal Police in the foreshores of Honiara.
Japanese soldiers in Guadalcanal during WW II.

Chinese Investor Cuts Access to Historical Site

The battlefields of Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, draw visitors from the US and its war allies, as well as those from Japan, decades after the bloody campaign in the South Pacific ended.
Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Alex Hawke MP.

New Security College Supports Pacific Region

Australia’s first-ever specialist college to support security across the Pacific region has been launched at The Australian National University (ANU).
IMF Release Findings After Consultations on Article IV

IMF Release Findings After Consultations on Article IV

International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Ms. Alison Stuart visited the Solomon Islands during October 30-November 12 to hold discussions on the 2019 Article IV Consultation. At the conclusion of the visit, Ms. Stuart issued the following statement:
EASI Congratulates Dr Forau on New Role as CBSI Governor

EASI Congratulates Dr Forau on New Role as CBSI Governor

"Economic Association of Solomon Islands Congratulates Dr. Luke Forau on his new role as the Governor of the Central Bank of Solomon Islands."
A graveyard of Homes in Walande, malaita Province, Solomon Islands.

Life Alone on a Disappearing Island

Climate change is harsh reality for the Pacific Islands to which Ms. Madeleine Chapman travelled to the Solomon Islands with World Vision to meet the communities whose lives are already being upturned by climate change.
Each player and team official received $5000 each as a token of appreciation for qualifying for a record straight 4th World Cup in Lithuania next year.

Kurukuru Rewarded for Recent Win

Solomon Islands Kurukuru futsal team was rewarded with a sum of $90,000 for winning their 5th consecutive OFC title at the recent 2019 OFC Futsal Nations Cup in Paita, New Caledonia.
Ruth Maetala (centre) who runs the Waka Mere program with Regina Pokana (L), Sustainability and Quality Manager, GPPOL with another employee at Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL). GPPOL is one of the Waka Mere participating companies.

The Driving Force Behind Waka Mere

Inspired by the high rates of domestic violence and the need for women’s economic empowerment, Ms. Ruth Maetala, a native of Solomon Islands joined the program in 2016.
Walande Islands in Malaita Province

‘Green Apostles’ recruited for Solomon Islands

Anglican priests working in the Solomon Islands are being recruited to monitor rising sea-levels caused by global warming.
Sogavare Praises Waka Mere Initiative

Sogavare Praises Waka Mere Initiative

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare believes the national Government can learn from the Waka Mere model in improving gender equality in leadership roles in the country’s public service.
Today, a number of locations within the Solomon Islands are facing immediate and direct climate change impacts such as sea-level rise and food and water insecurity.

Climate Change, Conflict, and Peacebuilding in Solomon Islands

Meaningful engagement with the social and conflict implications of climate change in Solomon Islands must be firmly grounded within local worldviews—within Solomon Islanders’ physical, economic, political, and social and spiritual worlds.
Arrests Made Over Damaged Properties

Arrests Made Over Damaged Properties

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested four people in relation to an incident of damaging properties in the Henderson area East of Honiara on 3rd November.
From left: Daniel Fenua (Director- RIPEL Cabinet Sub- Committee), Hon. Chachabule Amoi (Chairman- RIPEL- Cabinet Sub- Committee), Freda Unusi ( Cabinet Sub-Committee Secretariat), Kedson Ago ( National Consultant for PIMEU's Resource Sector) .

RIPEL Committee Initiates Ambitious Programme

The Solomon Islands Cabinet Sub- Committee Secretariat under the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) has initiated an ambitious implementation program on community partnership, investment and development for Russel Islands.
Census Commissioner Douglas Kimi appealed to Solomon Islanders to participate in the census "for the good of the nation".

Census Launched in Solomon Islands

The recently launched Solomon Islands census survey will be conducted over the next six weeks until 8 December.
Oceania National Teams Bow Out of U-17 World Cup

Oceania National Teams Bow Out of U-17 World Cup

Both Oceania teams, New Zealand and Solomon Islands, have seen their FIFA U-17 World Cup campaigns come to an end in very different fashion.
IFC-Supported Gender Project Changes Solomon Islands' Business Culture

IFC-Supported Gender Project Changes Solomon Islands' Business Culture

More than 6,500 employees working for the biggest companies in Solomon Islands are now benefiting from more equal, supportive and respectful workplaces, with a marked rise in the numbers who feel safe at work, in the wake of a two- year initiative on gender equality.
Wale Slams Government On Allegations Over Use of Ex-Militants

Wale Slams Government On Allegations Over Use of Ex-Militants

Opposition Leader, Hon. Matthew Wale, condemns and calls on the Prime Minister to explain suggestions that the Government engaged former militants to do its work.
Police Investigates Drugs in Abandoned Dinghy

Police Investigates Drugs in Abandoned Dinghy

A team of investigators from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have travelled to Ulawa Island in the Makira Ulawa Province this week following discovery of alleged drugs in a boat.
Tourism Solomons Hopeful of More Chinese Tourists

Tourism Solomons Hopeful of More Chinese Tourists

Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto, has expressed his hopes the country’s official friendship with China will act as a catalyst for increased growth within the key tourism sector.
No Excise Increase Critical to Business Recovery Post 2019 Elections: Solbrew

No Excise Increase Critical to Business Recovery Post 2019 Elections: Solbrew

Solomon Breweries (SolBrew) acknowledges and thanks the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) for not increasing Excise for 2019, stating it was a much-needed respite to allow their business to recover from losses caused by the Election disturbances earlier in the year.
Futsal Kings of Oceania

Futsal Kings of Oceania

Solomon Islands have retained their Oceania crown and secured their place in next year’s FIFA Futsal World Cup in Lithuania by overcoming a brave and determined New Zealand outfit on penalties following a thrilling OFC Futsal Nations Cup final in New Caledonia.