Latest News Archive July 2019

New Zealand High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands H.E. Don Higgins presents the street sign to Sir Peter’s son, Hon. Peter Kenilorea Junior.

Street in New Zealand Named in Honour of Sir Peter Kenilorea

One of New Zealand’s newest streets is to be named in honour of Solomon Island’s first Prime Minister Sir Peter Kenilorea.
14-year-old girl Fabrina Roto has been found, arrangements are being made to bring her back to Honiara.

Missing Teen Found, Alleged Abductor Arrested

14-year-old girl Fabrina Roto, who has been missing since July 16, has been found.
The alleged incidents occurred between year 2010 and 2012 when the man worked as a Christian Missionary in East of Honiara.

72 YO Missionary Arrested for Indecent Assault

Police have arrested and charged a 72-year-old Australian national on 24 June 2019 on allegations of committing indecent assaults on young girls between 2010 and 2012 in east Honiara.
The Westfield Junior Matildas will use their tour of the Pacific in August as preparation for the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship, which will be held in Thailand in September.

Solomon Islands U-19 Women’s Team to Play Australia's Junior Matildas

The Westfield Junior Matildas will be the first Australian national football team to visit the Solomon Islands since the Socceroos in 2005 when they play the Solomon Islands U-19 women’s national team at Lawson Tama on Thursday, 15 August 2019.
PPC Temotu, Superintendent James Toaki.

Police Urges Public to Raise Complaints Through Right Channel

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) reminds the public that for issues questioning the credibility and professionalism of the police, people are encouraged to file reports with evidence so the Professional Standards and Internal Investigation (PSII) can deal with the complaints.
Solomon Islands’ delegation to the Pacific tripartite forum in PNG last week.

SICCI Attends Pacific Tripartite Forum in PNG

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) was part of a Solomon Islands delegation that attended the Pacific tripartite high-level forum on climate change and decent work from 24-26 July 2019 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
MOFA Deputy Spokesperson Joanne Ou.

Relations with Solomon Islands Stable and Solid: Taipei

Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) reaffirmed diplomatic ties between Taiwan and the Solomon Islands on Tuesday amid media reports from the Pacific ally that claimed Beijing is ready to establish relations with the country.
Retired civil engineer Tony McCracken was rescued by a China-bound transport freighter.

Brisbane Man Rescued After Drifting At Sea for 3 Days

A Brisbane man is on his way home after drifting at sea for three days off Solomon Islands.
He says that it is important not to flood the market with honey by introducing large numbers of new farmers.

Starting a Honey Business in Solomon Islands

There is certainly potential in honey production for farmers, just need to ensure that they get the necessary support – particularly in terms of technical advice and basic start up costs such as bee hives and related equipment’s.
Solomon Water Issues Boil Water Notice

Solomon Water Issues Boil Water Notice

Residents in Honiara are advised not to drink water straight from the tap.
Missing 14-year-old Fabrina Roto.

Police Search for Missing 14 YO Girl

Police officers at the White River Police Post in West Honiara are searching for a 14-year-old girl Miss Fabrina Roto who has been missing since she was last seen between 9pm - 10pm on 16 July 2019 inside the Scorpion Pub at Kukum in East Honiara.
PRT officers and members of the local community construct the Kulitanai jetty.

RSIPF Prepares for Enhanced Presence in Western Border

As the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) prepares for an enhanced presence in the common border with Papua New Guinea, the Police Response Team (PRT) has been improving the infrastructure at the Kulitanai and Harapa police posts in the Shortland Islands.
The legal implication of endorsing the extension of the continental shelf claim is that claimers of the extension are vested with sovereign rights to explore the natural resources on the seabed area for possible oil, gas, minerals, and living organisms that may be of scientific or commercial value.

Solomon Islands Joint Claim for Additional Seabed Approved by Commission Under the Law of the Sea Convention

The United Nations’ Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in New York recently made public its approval and endorsement of a joint claim from the Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Papua New Guinea over 600,000 square kilometers of additional seabed on what is known as the Ontong Java Plateau.
“The RTB will allow for proper administration and better enforcement of our traffic laws, which could then include on-the-spot fines, appointment of enforcement officers and undertaking of prosecutions in the Magistrates’ Courts by officers of the Board for minor offences,” the SICCI CEO said.

SICCI Calls on MID to Convene Road Transport Board

The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) calls on Government through the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (MID) to convene the Road Transport Board (RTB).
“It is further alleged there was a piece of cloth seen around his neck which it is alleged he hang himself with.”

Police Investigates Apparent Suicide of Young Man

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Guadalcanal Province attended an alleged suicide resulting in the death of a man in his 20s at the Moto Pool area, Henderson, East of Honiara on 20 July 2019.
Lea'alafa, who also last played for Auckland City, will add some power to the Maritzburg front line.

Lea’alafa Signs with South African Football Club

South African Football Club, Maritzburg United, have confirmed the signing of three new players, including Solomon Islands star winger, Micah Lea’alafa.
Aronson and another student measure the head size of ants as part of a field research course in the Solomon Islands.

University of Miami Students Conduct Research in Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is fast becoming a natural laboratory for researchers, particularly in tropical ecology. Three weeks ago, students from the University of Miami spent time in Makira studying the origins, ecology and conservation of insular diversity.
The Seasonal Worker Programme is seen by many locals as an opportunity to work in Australia - particularly in the agriculture sector.

False Recruitment Agents Warning

The Australian High Commission office in Honiara says it has received reports of individuals falsely offering labour mobility jobs.
Close family members and friends have said that Costello passed away after a long illness.

Daniel Rae Costello Passes Away

Well known Fiji born music artist Daniel Rae Costello has passed away, aged 58.
“The suspected 17-year-old mother of the dead infant is currently under counselling before police will be able to interview her,” says PCIO Nevol.

17 YO Mother in Custody Over Death of Infant

A 17 year old girl is currently being held by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for the alleged abortion of her infant child.
Mose Saitala said his officers are working to get the names of the offending election candidates to police by the end of the week.

Candidates Failing to Disclose Spending Could Land in Jail

More than 80 election candidates in Solomon Islands could face prosecution after failing to account for their election campaign spending.
His banana quest also brought him to the Solomon Islands, where he learned of a slender banana with a fluffy texture, nicknamed the “Five Minute” banana.

The World’s Bona Fide Banana Man

He may well be the World’s bona fide banana man, he loves the fruit, and spends most of his time understanding and expanding his banana library.
Solomon Water says that it has been working on building a treatment plant at Kongulai for over a year now, well before the logging operations caused significant disruption to supply.

Solomon Water Q&A During Stakeholder Consultations

Solomon Water provided answers to questions frequently asked by consumers as a result of the continuous shut down of their Kongulai water source during bad weather and heavy rain affecting thousands of homes in Honiara.
There are increasing amounts of boats going missing, police urges the public to think safety first before travelling out to sea.

Missing Men Found After Been Adrift at Sea

A search party comprising of officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Auki Police Station and relatives have successfully rescued a drifting banana boat after it encountered mechanical problems yesterday(18 July 2019).
The discovery of the Hawksbill turtle species in the region of the Solomon Islands is the first of its kind.

Glow-in-the-dark Turtles Discovered Near the Solomon Islands

Marine biologists have discovered a species of glow-in-the-dark turtles that have an unusual biofluorescence capability.
The Solomon Islands National Olympic Committee is an affiliate and will be sending the Bilikiki beach soccer team.

Bilikiki To Participate in ANOC 2019 World Beach Games

The Solomon Islands Bilikiki beach soccer team has been invited to participate at the upcoming World Beach Games. The ANOC 2019 World Beach Games will be hosted by the Qatar Olympic Committee.
KMK’s music is the combination of individual members efforts to take the listener on a sonic journey from the past and propel them to the future of modern and traditional Polynesian Melanesian musical fusions.

Kaumaakonga Release Debut Album Taoba

Kaumaakonga (KMK) is proud to release their debut album Taoba on Wantok Musik. This collective of musicians aim to revive and renew the traditional Avaiki music, chants and dance of their forefathers.
Attention will turn toward the Solomon Islands’ preparations, with the country set to host the event for the first time in 2023.

Attention Turns to Solomon Islands as Pacific Games End

Pacific Games Council (PGC) are positive about the progress being made by Solomon Islands 2023 as they prepare to stage the next edition of the Pacific Games, but admit organizers have a key year as they seek to finalize venue plans and funding.
Police say the attraction is the so-called financial rewards promised to the public if they do join.

Police Warns Public About Getting Involved in Quick Money Making Schemes

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) warns members of the public to check the legality of any quick money making schemes before participating.
Taro police station in Choiseul province.

Disgruntled Landowners Attack Logging Camp

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Taro, Choiseul Province are investigating a looting incident at the Jito logging camp on the night of 5 July 2019 during which a group of people took and destroyed thousands of dollars’ worth of property.
UNDP Country Manager a.i. Tony Cameron and Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Jimmie Rodgers approve a new anti-corruption project in Honiara on 4 July 2019.

Solomon Islands Government Invests US$650K in Anti-Corruption Project

The Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has committed US$653,700 to continue a cost-sharing partnership agreement originally signed between the Solomon Islands Government, represented by the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2017.
Instead of PVC pipes one can try using bamboos, there are plenty of them.

Start a Garden with Little to No Soil

Let’s face it, the price of vegetables at the market is getting crazy! How many of us count the number of stalks in a bundle of slippery cabbage? I do, sometimes to the annoyance of the market vendor, just trying to get my money’s worth that’s all I can say.
A crocodile killed during an earlier PRT operation.

20 YO Survives Crocodile Attack

A 20 year old has survived a horrific attack by a 5.5 meter crocodile in North East Guadalcanal.
“Police is now continuing with its investigations into this fatal accident and the appropriate charges will be laid against the suspect,” says Superintendent Satu.

RSIPF Investigates Fatal Vehicle Accident in West Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are investigating a fatal road accident which happened in the early morning of Sunday 14 July at the Rove intersection along Tandai Highway in West Honiara resulting in the death of a 30-year-old male pedestrian.
Axiom's CEO Ryan Mount.

Axiom Hits Out At Government

Poor decisions and unfair treatment of investors in the mining industry by key figures in the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification (MMERE) are denying the country and resources owners of maximally benefiting from their efforts, the country’s leading miner Axiom Mining Limited has revealed.
TCEU personnel intercepted at the NAIA 1 departure area Nigerian Adekunle Michael Ogunade, 55, who attempted to leave using a fake Solomon Islands passport.

Foreigner Arrested with Fake Solomon Islands Passport in Manila

Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) arrested four foreigners who attempted to leave the country with bogus documents.
Representatives from Vocus, the Australian High Commission, Honiara, SISCC and traditional landowners association with the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sogavare during the symbolic handover of the golden bouy.

Our Submarine Cable Has Landed: Sogavare

Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has proudly announced the landing of the submarine cable on the shores of Honiara.
“Take responsibility for your action and consider your safety first when traveling between our islands.”

Police Urges Public to Heed Warnings As Another Boat Rescued

The people of Central Province have been strongly urged to follow sea safety messages that have been repeated over and over again following the successful rescue of a boat which developed a mechanical problem while travelling from Honiara to Vutura Village on Small Gela on Monday.
QCS Supports Solomon Islands Correctional Service

QCS Supports Solomon Islands Correctional Service

Specialized training from Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) is being deployed internationally to assist officers from the Correctional Service of the Solomon Islands (CSSI).
The gardens are a protected "forest in the city" providing conservation habitat for rare birds, insects and plants said Charles Kelly.

How Squatters Are Fouling Honiara’s Water Supply

Squatters in the Solomon Islands National Botanical Gardens in Honiara are putting the city's water supply and ecology at risk according to the city clerk in the capital.
Kongulai and Kombito Supply Remained Closed

Kongulai and Kombito Supply Remained Closed

As of 9am this morning, our Kongulai pump and gravity system and Kombito supply remained closed due to the high turbidity (dirt particles in water) caused by heavy rainfall upstream at our water source and this is necessary to protect our water system, pipes and meters from damage.
Leader of Opposition, and Member of Parliament for Aoke Langalanga, Hon. Matthew Wale.

Wale Welcomes High Court Decision on Petition Case

Leader of the Official Opposition, and Member of Parliament for Aoke Langalanga, Hon. Matthew Wale, MP welcomes the High Court decision on the petition case filed against him.
Solomon Islands team captain Benjamin Totori.

Officials Blamed for Solomon Islands Loss

The Solomon Islands head coach and team captain have questioned the way the match against Tahiti was officiated.
The paddle was used due to its significance not only in the Solomon Islands' culture, but also the wider Pacific community.

Organizers Defend 2023 Games Logo

Solomon Islands 2023 have unveiled their logo for the next edition of the Pacific Games but have been forced to defend the selection process.
Investigation into this matter is continuing and members of the public living close to the Solomon Star area in Lungga to assist your police with information on this tragic incident.

RSIPF Arrests Man Following the Death of Another in Guadalcanal Province

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson Police Station in Guadalcanal Province have arrested an adult man this week following the death of a man in his 30s in the Lungga area East of Honiara on 7 July 2019.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino at the ceremony.

Solomon Islands Drawn Alongside Italy, Paraguay and Mexico in U17 FIFA World Cup

The Solomon Islands U17 team find themselves in one of the tougher pools at the upcoming FIFA U17 World Cup. The Solomon Islands are in Group F, drawn alongside Italy, Mexico and Paraguay.
The facility would have a maximum capacity of 12,000 people, deemed suitable for the Games and ensure easy maintenance.

Solomon Islands Signs MOU with Taiwan Company for National Stadium

The Solomon Islands government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwanese company, Fu Tsu construction company, for the development of the National Stadium.
Cable-laying ship, Ile de Brehat at the port of Honiara.

Coral Sea Cable Installation Commences

The Australian and Solomon Islands Governments has announced that the installation of the Coral Sea Cable will commence this weekend in Solomon Islands.
Tuamoto – “it is imperative that we do all we can to ensure we keep this amazing pool of talent within our islands”

SI Tourism Industry ‘Faces of Tomorrow’ on Display at ‘Mi Save Solo’

Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto has paid tribute to a team of Institute of Tourism & Hospitality lecturers and students in attendance at last week’s ‘Mi Save Solo’ tourism exchange, describing their efforts as delivering a true showcase for what the future holds in store for the Solomon Islands tourism industry.
“Always remember the sea safety messages that the RSIPF and other authorities have been sending out to prevent any sea disaster,” says DC Manelugu.

MET Issues Strong Wind Warning, Police Urges Caution

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) advises sea travelers throughout the country to take all precautionary measures in the light of the strong wind warning issued by the Meteorological Service for parts of the country.
To Lead is To Serve

To Lead is To Serve

“To Lead is To Serve,” this statement forms the founding principles of our nation Solomon Islands.
Right Reverend David Vunagi will become the country’s seventh Head of State, and the first from Isabel Province to hold the position.

Right Reverend David Vunagi Officially Sworn in as Governor General

The Governor General Elect, Right Reverend David Vunagi, has officially taken up his role as Governor General after being sworn in by Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer at the Lawson Tama stadium during celebrations to mark the country’s 41st Independence Anniversary.
Experts say accidental spills of bauxite during the loading process could leave the ocean floor covered, making the water murky. This, in turn, could damage or kill corals that need sunlight to survive and attract fish the locals depend on for food.

Another Environmental Disaster in Rennell

For the second time in six months, an environmental disaster is threatening the livelihoods of the people in Rennell.
Strongim Bisnis Senior Business Advisor James McGoon at a booth talking with one of the 28 tourism operators.

Australia Supports “Mi Save Solo” Tourism Event

The Australian Government initiative, Strongim Bisnis supported Tourism Solomons at last Friday’s “Mi Save Solo” tourism exchange to support the event’s organisation.
Eggplants, like many other vegetables, are good sources of dietary fiber, a necessary element in any balanced diet.

The Many Health Benefits of Eggplant

Want to lose weight or improve brain function? Research suggests that you could get that (and more) from eggplant.
Apia Park Stadium is among the venues being used for the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.

Stage is Set for Opening of 2019 Pacific Games in Apia

The stage is set for the opening ceremony of the 16th Pacific Games at the Apia Park Stadium in Samoa on Sunday.

22 YO Thief Arrested and Charged

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Western Province arrested a 22-year-old man at the Kolombangara Forestry Plantation Limited (KFPL) on Kolombangara Island in Western Province last week for alleged robbery and wounding of another man.
47 YO Arrested for Incest

47 YO Arrested for Incest

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have arrested a 47-year-old man in Isabel Province for alleged incest involving his step daughter at Samasodu Village, in the Katova District of Isabel Province.
"It is embarrassing to see people including vehicle drivers ignoring police signs placed on the public road."

Drivers Continue to Ignore Traffic Rules: Police

As officers of the Traffic Department continue to arrest and charge drivers for ignoring the Road Transport Act 2009, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force is concerned that some drivers continue to park dangerously at the Fishing Village Market in East Honiara.
The Commission thanked the support from the PNG Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support in opening PNG High Commission offices in Honiara this Saturday.

Bougainvilleans Living in Solomon Islands Will Have Their Say in Upcoming Referendum

The Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) has announced enrollment dates for Bougainvilleans living in Solomon Islands.
Papua New Guinea Data welcomed the start of work on the Coral Sea Cable in Port Moresby.

Coral Sea Cable Begins Journey from Port Moresby

The laying of a 4,700km long high-speed internet cable connecting Australia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has begun in Port Moresby.
An Australian Embassy official surveys oil spill damage to the shoreline of Rennell Island.

Environmental Toll of Oil Spill Still Being Calculated

An international effort to halt a massive oil spill from a wrecked ship in a far-flung province of the Solomon Islands has finally succeeded. But the scale of damage to the marine and coastal environment near Rennell Island, where the incident occurred within a few kilometers of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is still being calculated.
Ms Ata reiterated the fact that the tourism sector can help drive and shape the future of our economy as Solomon Islands anticipates a slowdown in the forestry industry.

SICCI: ‘Tourism An Important Pathway For Economic Growth’

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) welcomes the announcement of the first Solomon Islands accommodation providers to achieve ‘Minimum Standards Accreditation’, which the Chamber sees as a boost to the local tourism industry.
RSIPF traffic officers controlling traffic including buses at the Honiara Central Market bus stop.

Respect Traffic Signs: Police

Members of the public in Honiara have been urged to respect traffic signs including traffic cones placed on roads as the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) conducts an operation to address the traffic congestion in some parts of the capital city.
Participants underwent the ‘Bookkeeping and Basic Accounting’ training hosted by SICCI as part of its efforts to help build and improve the capacity of businesses in the provinces.

SICCI Delivers Business Training in Auki

Business owners and representatives of small businesses in Auki, Malaita Province successfully completed a four-day business training that was conducted from 25-28 June 2019.

Body of Missing Passenger of Sunken Ray Boat Found

Police has confirmed that the body found outside Cowgile Village in South Savo on Sunday afternoon is that of one of the missing passenger of the ray boat that sunk outside Bungana Island.
The Kongulai water source.

More Water Interruptions with Wet Season Approaching

Expect more water cuts! with the wet season approaching that is essentially the message from Solomon Water.
Officers at the Tulagi Police Station and members of the PRT team who assisted during the election of the Central Province premier.

Police Charge 42 YO Man Following Elections of Central Province Premier

A 42-year-old man has been arrested and charged with common assault following an incident during the election of the new Premier of Central Province at Tulagi on 27 June 2019.
Bishop Leonard Dawea will become Primate of Melanesia in September.

Bishop of Temotu, Leonard Dawea, Elected Primate of the Anglican Church of Melanesia

The Anglican Church of Melanesia will have a new Primate later this year when the Bishop of Temotu, Leonard Dawea, is installed at St Barnabas Provincial Cathedral on 15 September.
This shutdown is a direct consequence of illegal and unmanaged logging in the Kohove and Konguali catchment areas and is outside Solomon Water's control, the water authority said in a prepared statement.

Solomon Water Cuts Supply Due to High Turbidity

Solomon Water has advised customers that due to the high turbidity (dirt particles in water) caused by heavy rainfall upstream at its water source, Kongulai pump and gravity system remain closed.