Latest News Archive February 2019

The Pacific Games, scheduled to take place between July 7 and 20, are set to act as the region's official qualifier for the FIBA Asia Continental Cup qualification round.

Basketball Fiji Announce Training Pools for 2019 Pacific Games

Basketball Fiji have announced their training pools for the Pacific Games in Samoa in July.
The Solomon Islands will be one of eight teams competing in the basketball tournament at Samoa 2019 in a field including the defending champions Guam.

Men's Basketball Given Wildcard Entry

The Solomon Islands have been awarded a wildcard entry for the basketball tournament at this year's Pacific Games in Samoa, it has been announced.
About 75 tonnes of fuel oil are understood to have leaked out of the stricken vessel already, creating a large slick that is creeping towards the UNESCO-listed southern stretch of Rennell Island, the world’s largest raised coral atoll.

Growing Concerns Over Bulker Oil Spill

Australia is helping to pressure a Hong Kong shipping company and several other firms to take responsibility for cleaning up a major oil spill close to a World Heritage-listed coral reef off the Solomon Islands.
Coconut and cocoa are two of the main products in her area but they have not seen a boost from the millions of dollars that have been allocated to the constituency.

Sustainable Economic Activity a Need

The Solomon Islands People’s First Party West Guadalcanal candidate Ms. Selina Berah wants to know where the millions of dollars spent in the area have gone.
L-R: Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, HE Mr Roderick Brazier; Caretaker Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon Rick Houenipwela; APTC Country Director for Solomon Islands and Kiribati, Mr Donald Malasa; APTC Deputy CEO - Strategy and Effectiveness, Ms Lori Banks Dutta.

APTC Students Graduate with Internationally Recognized Skills in Honiara

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) continues to support the skills development of Solomon Islanders through Australian standard training.
In the Gizo/Kolambangara constituency, Ms. Lanelle Tanangada won a 2018 by-election after her husband Jimson lost the seat in a court challenge.

How Will Women Fare in Elections?

In terms of women’s representation in politics, Solomon Islands lags behind much of the world.
Hilda, 33, from Malaita Province has been working for seven years in the beauty and fashion sector and has a strong belief in the empowering effect of beauty in the lives of women and girls.

Importance of Self Care Through Local Lense

It has always been Hilda Surimae’s passion to be in the field of beauty and fashion.
Youngster, Raphael Ohanua Leai with his proud mother at the Honiara International Airport.

Soccer Youngster Off to New Zealand

Solomon Islands starlet Raphael Lea’i has gone to New Zealand for school and training with the Wellington Phoenix Academy.
"This visit is a welcome opportunity to discuss the bilateral relationship as well as how we can give effect to the values of mutual respect which are at the core of New Zealand's Pacific Reset policy," Peters said.

NZ and Fiji Commits to Stronger Relationship

New Zealand and Fiji have agreed to continue strengthening their defense relationship during a visit to the Pacific nation by Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters.

Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

A 32-year-old man has been remanded in custody at the Gizo Correctional Centre in Western Province, Solomon Islands since 13th February 2019 in connection with an alleged attempted murder incident.
Unexploded ordinances are often discovered in and around various parts of the country. THe bove are unexploded Japanese bombs at Ringi, Kolombangara, Western Province.

Local Police Graduate Following EOD Training

Eight operators in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit of the Royal Solomon Police Force (RSIPF) have graduated with International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) Level 3 Certificates on 19 February 2019 at Hells Point, East of Honiara.
The Bulker Solomon Trader is currently located in a marine protected area and any pollution can seriously affect the environment and livelihood of the local community.

Solomon Trader Leaking Oil

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has asked Australia for emergency help cleaning up an environmental disaster after oil spilled from a bulk carrier that ran aground on a coral reef near a world heritage area.

Man Arrested for Electoral Offence

Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) National Criminal Investigation Division (NCID) arrested a 50-year-old man for allegations instituted under the Electoral Act.
The Nomination period ends 4pm tomorrow (Feb 20th) and  further 48hours will be given for candidates who wish to withdraw to do so.

Honiara Nomination Centers Open

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) has formalized arrangements for the opening of nomination centers in Honiara.
Provincial Police Commanders (PPC) meeting currently ongoing in Honiara.

Police Finalize Operational Plans for Elections

Provincial Police Commanders (PPC) throughout Solomon Islands are in Honiara to finalize its preparations for the upcoming National General Election (NGE) on 3rd April 2019.
Until this year, the battleship Hiei's exact whereabouts and final moments had remained a mystery.

Japanese WW2 Wreck Found

The first Japanese battleship sunk by US forces during World War II has been found off Guadalcanal, the largest island of the Solomon Islands and the location of fierce battles during the Pacific War.
“We are a fully independent country, and there is no way I’m going to compromise our rights to fisheries resources, our rights to our immediate resources,” Tuvalu Prime Minister, Sopoaga told ABC.

‘Imperialist’ Citizenship Idea Sparks Spat

Tensions have flared up between Australia and its Pacific neighbours over the future – or lack of it – for small island states as sea levels rise.

Urgent Call for Border Posts

Bougainville Minister for Police, Correctional Services and Justice, Willie Masiu, has called on the national government to fast-track the establishment of the border post along the Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands border.
A disciplinary committee found Under-16 player Chris Satu breached both the OFC Disciplinary Code and OFC regulations when he turned out for Solomon Islands at the OFC U16 Championships last year.

Solomon Islands Out of U-17 World Cup

The Oceania Football Confederation has found the Solomon Islands Football Federation breached regulations during a 2018 tournament and has effectively thrown the country out of this year's Under-17 World Cup.
Earlier this month, the vessel went onto a reef off Rennell Island, the southernmost island in the Solomons. Rennell is located about 100 nm due south of Guadalcanal.

Bulker Grounds on Rennell Reef

The bulker Solomon Trader has gone aground in a sensitive marine area in the Solomon Islands, raising concerns of environmental damage.
Maleai Village in Shortland, Solomon Islands, where armed men allegedly from Bougainville attacked and robbed villagers.

Maleai Incident Under Investigation

Police on both sides of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea border are working together to try and clamp down on criminals preying on local communities.
Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne (R) and Solomon Islands' caretaker Prime Minister Rick Hou (L) in Honiara at a ceremonial ground-breaking event for the landing site of the Coral Sea Cable this week.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Cable Project

A 4700 kilometre long fibre optic, submarine cable connecting Solomon Islands to Australia via Papua New Guinea is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Police Investigates Another Logging Accident

Police in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands are investigating a fatal logging accident involving two men at the Vavale Logging Camp in East Central Guadalcanal over the weekend.
Second hand shops - where Solomon Islanders get most of their clothes.

Where Second Hand Clothes Find New Owners

If you thought all your donated clothes went to fellow Kiwis think again - Globally, the trade in second-hand clothes, mostly to developing nations, is big business.
One of the local officer of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force upon his return from Deployment in 2018.

Police Officers Trained for UN Deployment

About forty officers from the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are currently undergoing training and screening at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara to be eligible for United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Missions deployment.
The Solomon Islands only receives a small number of visitors and has them spread out over a vast archipelago.

Date for ‘Me Save Solo’ Announced

Tourism Solomons has confirmed the second annual ‘Me Save Solo’ tourism exchange will take place in Honiara, Solomon Islands on 05 July 2019.
Lania, on the right with PCF Programme Development Manager Linda Kaua who also hails from the Solomon Islands.

Local Solomon Islander Lays Groundwork

Hailing from Honiara, Solomon Islands, Pacific Corporation Foundation (PCF) Summer intern Ms. Lania Temahua joins fellow intern Sela Maka in debunking the myth that engineering is a male-only field.
Ms. Ella Hou is one of the 2019 #AustraliaAwards scholars and will head off in the new year to study her Master of Social Work at the Australian Catholic University.

Australian Awards Scholarship Opens

The Australia Awards Scholarships 2020 intake is now open for eligible Solomon Islanders.