Latest News Archive June 2019

Police calls on the public to work together to stop the traffic congestion that continues to affect road users and businesses in the capital city.

Police Cracks Down on Illegal Parking at Bus Stops

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is putting together plans to crack down on drivers who park illegally at bus stops and at the Fishing Village Market in Honiara.
Representatives of SINPF Hibiscus Apartments, the Heritage Park Hotel, the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, the Coral Sea Resort & Casino in Honiara and the Papatura Island Retreat in Santa Isabel.

Hotels to Achieve Minimum Standards Accreditation

The Solomon Island Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) has announced the first Solomon Islands accommodation providers to achieve ‘Minimum Standards Accreditation’.
SICCI CEO, Atenasi Ata stressed that the collective view of SICCI member companies is that the review into minimum wage is long overdue, but it is a process that should be conducted regularly so that substantial increases such as 100% increases are not necessary.

SICCI Presents Submission on Minimum Wage

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) on Tuesday 26th June 2019 presented its submission, containing views of its members of the business community, to the Labour Advisory Board’s (LAB) review into the country’s minimum wage.
“The Solomon Islands is very much a series of destinations within the one destination offering a plethora of unique and very niche travel experiences.”

‘Me Save Solo’ 2019 – On Track for Best-Ever Attendance

With just days to go before the 2019 ‘Me Save Solo’ tourism exchange kicks off in Honiara, Tourism Solomons has confirmed international buyer attendance at the event has gone well beyond expectations.
“The uprooted marijuana plants are believed to be valued at between $500,000.00 and $1 million if sold in the local market,” says PCIO Nevol.

Marijuana Haul Worth Close to SBD$1 Million

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Guadalcanal Province have arrested a man in his 20s after uprooting several thousand marijuana plants in the Mberande area of East Guadalcanal on 24 June 2019.
The sunken ray boat between Gela and Honiara.

Search Underway for Two Missing Passengers of Sunken Ray Boat

The Solomon Islands Maritime office is calling on the public to practice caution especially when travelling in between Islands, and also to take heed of warnings issued by the MET service.
5.7 Magnitude Quake Recorded Near Kavachi

5.7 Magnitude Quake Recorded Near Kavachi

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10km was recorded at 2.18pm today near the active sub-marine volcano Kavachi in the Western Province.
“Public are also urged to assist if you see the man, Mr. Ujjal Deuan, and his photo is supplied to assist with this appeal,” PPC Riolo says.

Bangladeshi Steals Cash from Boss

A Bangladeshi working as a shop keeper in Honiara has allegedly stolen SBD$90,000 from his employer, also a Bangladeshi national.
The suspect is expected to face a charge of murder. A remand application for him will be made in the Gizo Magistrates Court soon after he has been interviewed.

Man Charged with Killing Elder Brother

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Western Province have arrested a man in his 30s at Patutiva Village in Marovo following the death of his elder brother over the weekend.
Police Investigates Two Deaths Over The Weekend

Police Investigates Two Deaths Over The Weekend

Investigators of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara have attended to the death of two adult men at separate locations in the capital city over the weekend.

Minister Announces Commencement Date for DBSI

The Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon. Harry Kuma has set June 21st, 2019 as the date for the commencement of the Development Bank of Solomon Islands (DBSI) Act.
The Deputy leader of the Opposition, Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr.

Kenilorea Questions Involvement of Ministers in Recent China Trip

The Deputy leader of the Opposition, Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr, has questioned why two Ministers of the crown had to lead what “was effectively a technical delegation on a technical mission.”
The ministry has requested $US1.5 million dollars from the government to hire more than 70 Solomon nurses in total.

20 Nurses Recruited by Vanuatu

Solomon Islands will send 20 nurses to neighboring Vanuatu next month, an arrangement first made possible through an MOU signed by the two countries in 2011.
Newly appointed Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr.

FRC Chair Attends RSIS-WTO Meeting in Singapore

Upon an invitation by His Excellency Hon. Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament for the Republic of Singapore - the newly appointed Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC), Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr recently attended the 10th Edition of the RSIS- WTO Parliamentarian Workshop in Singapore.
Bus Driver in Custody After Accident in Honiara

Bus Driver in Custody After Accident in Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon islands Police Force (RSIPF) Traffic Department in Honiara have arrested a 32-year-old male person who is believed to be the driver of a bus which allegedly hit an elderly man at the bus stop near the overhead bridge at China Town on 21 June 2019.
The tour will begin this week and also include Beijing and Taipei, taskforce chairman John Moffat Fugui told Reuters.

Taskforce Sends Delegation to Study Chinese Aid in the Region

The taskforce set up by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to review the country's relationship with Taiwan will send a delegation to study Chinese aid in neighboring countries as it considers a potential diplomatic switch to Beijing, the delegation leader said on Monday (Jun 24).
FFA Director General, Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen.

First Ever Fisheries Policy Dialogue Between the EU and Pacific

For the first time in the Pacific region, a policy dialogue between the seventeen (17) Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) Members and the European Union (EU) to discuss issues and challenges relating to the sustainable management of marine resources commenced in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia on Friday.
Fr Maelanga (center) and his brother Hon Manasseh Maelanga and a relative priest.

Police Strengthens Link With Church Through Ordination of Two Officers

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has further strengthened its link with the church through the ordination of two of its officers Inspector James Maelanga and Senior Sergeant John (Luke) Manau as priests in the Church of Melanesia in Honiara on 23 June 2019.
Tiki Toa coach Naea Bennett admitted his side was pushed all the way in a dramatic final. “What a match, a real grand final and it’s great for the people watching it here today,” he said.

Thriller in Papeete -Tiki Toa Crowned Oceania Champions

Oceania giants Tahiti edged past their fiercest Pacific rivals Solomon Islands in a tense and high quality title decider at OFC Beach Soccer Nations Cup 2019 in Tahiti, to secure qualification for their fifth consecutive FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
A trachoma grader examine the eyes of a young girl in Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands Commended for Progress Achieved to Tackle Avoidable Forms of Blindness

The Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (the Trust), Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, today met with leading eye health experts to thank and commend them for their efforts to prevent blindness across Solomon Islands.
Solomon Islands Takes on Tahiti in Potential Decider

Solomon Islands Takes on Tahiti in Potential Decider

The Solomon Islands will take on Tahiti this afternoon at the OFC Beach Soccer Nations Cup 2019, a potential decider in the 3rd day of competition.
This figure-head (nguzunguzu) of wood with pearl shell inlay from the Solomon Islands will also feature in the exhibition. The British Museum has museum long faced criticism over how it sourced its most prized possessions from former British colonies and beyond.

Collecting Histories: Solomon Islands Featured in British Museum

The British Museum has one of the world's largest collections of objects and photographs from Solomon Islands - around 4,000 items - which have been acquired in a variety of ways over the past 250 years.
The competition attracted 17 entries, mostly from youth, exhibiting both their talent and passion for photography.

Australia Gives Voice to Women And Youth in Cocoa Photo Competition

Winners of the photography competition: “Capturing Cocoa”, received a total of SB$7,400 worth of prizes on 14 June 2019.
Two men pile tubers in a yam house. Years of drought have left them tragically empty.

Yam Houses of the Trobriand Islands: Prestige, Magic and Drought

ACROSS KIRIWINA, DENSE RAINFOREST GIVES way to wide, open clearings studded with ornate wooden houses. Arranged in concentric rings, the innermost structures tend to be taller, brighter, and palpably more important, with carefully-stacked logs bearing intricate designs painted in red, white, and black.
Bilikiki Beats Tonga 7-1

Bilikiki Beats Tonga 7-1

Solomon Islands has beaten new comers Tonga 7-1.
RSIPF Commissioner Varley presents outgoing SIPSP Team Leader Razos with a letter of commendation.

RSIPF Farewells Australian and NZ Advisors

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) today farewelled two advisors from Australia and New Zealand who have served for several years under the Australian Solomon Islands Police Development Program (SIPDP) and the New Zealand Solomon Island Support Program (SIPSP).
Solomon Islands Anthony Talo gets a foot to the ball ahead of Vanuatu's Loic Boulet.

OFC Beach Soccer: Solomon Islands Takes on New Comers Tonga

Solomon Islands will take on new comers Tonga today as they seek to keep pace with group leaders Tahiti.
Police Trained to Conduct RBT on Land and Sea

Police Trained to Conduct RBT on Land and Sea

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in the Western Province will be able to conduct random breath testing (RBT) on vehicle drivers and skippers of boats and ships in that province at the end of a three-day training underway at Gizo 18 – 20 June 2019.
Bilikiki Marches On, Beats Vanuatu 4-2

Bilikiki Marches On, Beats Vanuatu 4-2

The Solomon Islands Bilikiki beach soccer team was made to work hard as they edged past Vanuatu 4-2.
With their, fluent, aerial based style, Bilikiki are an exciting and entertaining proposition.

Solomon Islands Vs Vanuatu: Day 2 of Beach Soccer Comp

The match is set to kick off in less than a minute, the Solomon Islands takes on Vanuatu after a successful outing yesterday where they beat New Caledonia 2-0.
Chairman Korowa revealed that the cost to operate the new plant will be upwards of SBD$120m a year – the real cost of maintaining water supply in the capital city.

New Treatment Plant to Cost SBD$120M Per Year to Operate

A new treatment plant for Kongulai is being designed, which should help curb continuous cuts to water supply due to turbidity during rainy seasons.
In 1902, August Engelhardt moved from Germany to Kabakon Island in Papua New Guinea where he started a coconut-eating, sun-worshipping sect.

Engelhardt: The Man Who Founded a Coconut Cult

The Coconut Tree carries a label that is probably the envy of other trees, or palms for that matter – "The Tree of Life."
Taiwan's Foreign Ministry deputy spokesperson Joanne Ou.

Taipei Downplays Solomon Islands Visit to China

A delegation of government officials from the Solomon Islands who visited China were there to study the timber industry, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday, adding that Taiwan’s relations with its Pacific ally are strong and stable.

RSIPF Investigates Death of a PNG National in Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara are investigating the death of a Papua New Guinea national whose body was discovered at a motel in the capital on 14 June 2019.
Sogavare Establishes Task-force as Government Delegation Visits China

Sogavare Establishes Task-force as Government Delegation Visits China

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has announced the establishment of a bi-partisan foreign policy task-force to review the country’s diplomatic relations with longtime ally Taiwan.
Solomon Islands Defeats New Caledonia in Beach Soccer Opener

Solomon Islands Defeats New Caledonia in Beach Soccer Opener

Solomon Islands Bilikiki has started their OFC Beach Soccer campaign strongly defeating a determined New Caledonia team 2-0.

RSIPF Arrests Provincial Election Candidate in Lata

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Officers in Lata arrested one of the candidates in the recent provincial election in Temotu Province 14 June 2019.
“I appeal to members of the public in the Panatina area in East Honiara who have any information about this sad incident to contact the police,” says Acting Inspector Nala.

19-Year-Old Rape Suspect Arrested

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested and charged a 19-year-old male person for allegedly raping a 14-year-old female in the Panatina area of Honiara on 8 June 2019.
SIRUF delegation with Hon. Chris Laore (3rd R) and his Permanent Secretary Jeffrey Deve (far L).

SIRUF Pay Courtesy Call to Key Government Ministries

The Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) paid courtesy calls to the Minister of Home Affairs Hon. Chris Laore and the Minister of Education Hon. John Dean Kuku on Friday.
Despite Stop Order Illegal Logging Forces Water Shutdown

Despite Stop Order Illegal Logging Forces Water Shutdown

Solomon Water was again forced to turn off its Kongulai Pump Station late last week. The shutdown was due to the high turbidity (silt and dirt particles in the water) experienced upstream at Kongulai water source following rain.
Bilikiki Seek to Defend OFC Beach Soccer Cup After Six Years

Bilikiki Seek to Defend OFC Beach Soccer Cup After Six Years

Solomon Islands will aim to defend their Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Beach Soccer Nations Cup title as the competition returns after a six-year absence.
It’s an Australian Submarine

It’s an Australian Submarine

Mystery solved! It’s an Australian submarine that paid a surprise visit on Friday.
Constable Helai of the RPNGC hands over the keys of the gifted motorcycles to Acting DC Operation Joseph Manelugu.

PNG Police Donates Five Motorcycles to RSIPF

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) received five motorcycles from the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) at the Rove Police Headquarters in Honiara on 11 June 2019.
“Coconut oil saved me, gave me a future I never thought was possible, my children are in school, and I can look after them well,” Linda said, now beaming with pride at what she has achieved.

Coconut Oil Saved Me

Linda first came to Honiara in the early 1980s, 14 at the time she was just excited to visit the capital city.
Solomon Airlines Helping Tourism Accommodation Development

Solomon Airlines Helping Tourism Accommodation Development

The biggest challenge facing the Solomon Islands, as it attempts to catch up with more successful tourist destinations in the South Pacific, is a shortage of hotel beds.
Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka is an Associate Professor and Director of the University of Hawai‘i's Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

Academic Cautions Leaders Over Taiwan-China Issue

Solomon Islands government should exercise caution as it considers whether to maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan or switch to China, an academic says.
CRB is the most serious insect pest of coconuts, impacting thousands of coconut plantations in Solomon Islands.

29,000 Hectares of Coconut Plantations Under Threat

29,000 Hectares! That is the estimated total land size of coconut plantations throughout the Solomon Islands that is currently under threat by a new invasive strain of the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB).
Armed Robbers Arrested

Armed Robbers Arrested

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested four adult men allegedly involved in an armed robbery at Panatina in East Honiara on 11 June 2019.
Police Kill Crocodiles As Attacks on Villagers Increase

Police Kill Crocodiles As Attacks on Villagers Increase

A three-day operation by officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Police Response Team (PRT) has killed four crocodiles in and around the Koqu Deo Settlement including Kaza Village on Kolombangara Island in the Western Province from 5 – 7 June 2019.
Ambassador Gray with Mrs Sigimanu at the award ceremony.

Ethel Sigimanu Recognized for Her Work

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs Mrs Ethel Sigimanu was awarded the 2019 Women of Courage by the United States non-resident Ambassador Catherine Ebert Gray at a ceremony held at the Heritage Park Hotel.
Signing by the President of KMU and Acting Vice Chancellor, Dr Jack Maebuta.

KMU and SINU Sign Extended MOU

The Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) of Taiwan visited the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) yesterday to sign the extended existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both universities.
Dr Phillip Ross also worked on the 2011 Rena oil spill in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty.

Scientists Asses Impact of Oil Spill Disaster

A New Zealand ecologist says a team of scientists is testing marine life and paint left from the MV Solomon Trader at the site of one of Solomon Islands' worst environmental disasters.
Police Investigate Suspicious Death

Police Investigate Suspicious Death

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara is investigating the suspicious death of a 26-year-old male person who died after he sustained body injuries.
Decline in Tourist Numbers for 2019

Decline in Tourist Numbers for 2019

Solomon Islands has seen a decrease in arrivals into the country during the first quarter of this year 2019, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).
Kiwi Company Wins Bid to Power Rural Areas

Kiwi Company Wins Bid to Power Rural Areas

New Zealand sustainable energy company Infratec has won a joint bid to deliver renewable electricity generation for the first time to four outer islands in the Solomons.

Solomon Islands Loose Narrowly to Singapore

Singapore scored a 4-3 victory against the Solomon Islands in an international friendly on Saturday.
“Our shared goals are to ensure the stability and prosperity of Solomon Islands and to ensure that all Solomon Islanders benefit and participate equitably in the country’s growth,” Mr Peters said.

New Zealand and Solomon Islands Sign Partnership Agreement

Foreign Affairs Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand Winston Peters has signed a Statement of Partnership with Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Jeremiah Manele in Honiara.
Rev. David Vunagi was nominated by the MP for North New Georgia, Hon. John Dean Kuku.

Rev. David Vunagi Only Nomination for Governor General

At the close of nominations 4pm yesterday the only candidate nominated for the post of Governor General of the Solomon Islands is Rev. David Vunagi.
SINCW said that the rise in rape cases is alarming and calls on community leaders to do more to protect girls and woman.

22 Year Old Arrested for Rape of 69 Year Old Woman

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) arrested a 22-year-old male person for the alleged rape of a 69-year-old woman at Nusa Baruku Village on Gizo Island in the Western Province on 4 June 2019.
NZ Deputy Prime Minister Impressed with FFA

NZ Deputy Prime Minister Impressed with FFA

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) welcomed a high level delegation led by the New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, Rt. Honourable Winston Peters, on Wednesday 5 June as part of their visit to Solomon Islands.
Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele.

Decision to Switch or Remain with Taiwan in 100 Days

Solomon Islands Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremiah Manele says that the decision as to whether the country will switch its recognition from Taiwan to China will be made within the next 100 Days.
Crocodile Kills Adult Male

Crocodile Kills Adult Male

Villagers at Kaza village on Kolombangara Island in the Western Province say a killer crocodile has killed an adult male, who was initially reported missing by his family on Sunday.
Newly elected Mayor Wilson Mamae (Left) receiving the keys to the city from City Clerk Charles Kelly.

Honiara City Has a New Mayor

Honiara City Council (HCC) Clerk Charles Kelly has officially declared Wilson Mamae as the Mayor elect for Honiara City.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare presents a Nguzu Nguzu to New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

NZ Deputy PM Meets With Sogavare

New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his delegation has met with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in Honiara, renewing ongoing co-operation and support for development in the Solomon Islands.

Police Looking Into Cause of Fire Resulting in the Death of a Child

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Malaita Province is investigating the death of a 4-year-old female child at Fo’ondo Village in North Malaita on 31 May 2019.
RSIPF encourages victims or relatives of victims of such sad cases to trust and have confidence in the police and report such matters in a timely manner.

39-Year-Old Father Accused of Raping Daughters Faces Court Today

“This is a very sad case given the victims are young and very vulnerable and the suspect is a person of trust, their own father,” said the acting Director of the RSIPF National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID), Inspector Michael Bole.
SINU says that the alleged scam “most likely involved an outsider claiming to represent or claims to have some sort of influence over scholarships for students studying at SINU.”

Police Investigates Scholarship Scam at SINU

Police has confirmed that they are currently investigating an alleged scholarship scam which has affected more than 20 students at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) in Honiara.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare during the visit of the Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Scott Morrison at the Rove Police Headquarters yesterday.

Sogavare Praises Police During Visit of Australian PM

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has praised the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) during the visit of the Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Scott Morrison to the Rove Police Headquarters yesterday.
Solomon Water says it is important to boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation.

Solomon Water Advice Customers to Boil Water

Solomon Water has advised its customers to boil their water before food preparation or consumption.
RSIPF Welcomes Prime Minister of Australia

RSIPF Welcomes Prime Minister of Australia

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) mounted a full guard of honour to welcome the Prime Minister of Australia, Hon. Scott Morrison and his delegation when he touched down at the Honiara International Airport at Henderson yesterday afternoon for the beginning of a two-day visit to the capital.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison inspects a guard of honour by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force after arriving at Honiara International Airport yesterday.

Australian PM Announces AUD$250 Million Worth of Funding

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced AUD$250 million worth of funding for urgently needed projects across the Solomon Islands.
“The timing of the visit will enable the delegation to reaffirm our commitment to building deeper relationships in the Pacific that enable open and frank dialogue with our partners,” Mr Peters said.

New Zealand Plans Pacific Mission to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will lead a New Zealand delegation to Solomon Islands and Vanuatu next week, between 4 and 8 June, for the 2019 Pacific Mission.