Latest News Archive August 2019

The project is due for completion by December 2019.

Undersea Cables Linking PNG and Solomon Islands to Australia Lands in Sydney

Thousands of kilometres of underwater data cables connecting Australia to two of its Pacific neighbours has made land in Sydney.
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Presents Credentials

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Presents Credentials

Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Mr. Andriana Supandy has presented his credentials to the Governor General His Excellency Right Reverend David Vunagi in Honiara today yesterday.
Inspector Sireheti was recruited into the police in August 2003 as a 20-year-old.

Young Police Officer Gets International Recognition

Inspector Kerry Sireheti is a 37-year-old male officer in the Royal Solomon Islands who hails from Munda in the Western Province and Langalanga in the Malaita Province. He’s the third child in a family of four.

New Tax On White Rice Effective September

The price of rice is set to rise with the imtroduction of new tax rates.
Jaro Local to Perform at Pasifiki Challenge II in New Zealand

Jaro Local to Perform at Pasifiki Challenge II in New Zealand

Solomon Islands singer and songwriter Jarol Local, winner of the Best International Pacific Artist at the 2019 Pacific Music Awards, will headline the pre-game entertainment for the Kiwibank Pasifika Challenge II: Road To Japan double-header at Eden Park this Saturday.
The Premier of Western Province Hon. David Gina.

Western Premier Urges JBC to Focus on Reconciliation and Reparation

The Premier of Western Province Hon. David Gina has called on the Solomon Islands-PNG Joint Border Committee (JBC) to prioritize reconciliation and reparation for border residents before any border management plans can meaningfully implemented.
The meeting which is currently underway at Gizo Hotel followed on from the 7th JBC held in Kokopo, East New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea in 2016.

Permanent Secretary Highlights Value of JBC Dialogue in Gizo

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security and Correctional Services (MPNSCS), Ms. Karen Galokale has highlighted the value of the ongoing dialogue on border security management between Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea this week.

Beach Outing Ends Tragically

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is investigating the possible cause of the death of a 32-year-old man after he swam to rescue his girlfriend at the Henderson Beach, east of Honiara on 25 August 2019.

Solomon Islands Beats Nauru 61-7

After losing a nail-biting encounter to Niue, Solomon Islands rebounded in spectacular fashion as they demolished and held Nauru to a single converted try.
Two Malaysian Nationals to Face Charge of Alleged Attempted Murder

Two Malaysian Nationals to Face Charge of Alleged Attempted Murder

Two Malaysian nationals working with the Asian company Samlinsun in Honiara will face charges of attempted murder following an incident at the company’s premises in the Lungga area east of Honiara on 24 August 2019.
Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) the Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jr.

FRC to Conduct Inquiry into the Taiwan-China Saga

The Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) has recently endorsed an Inquiry into the ongoing saga by the executive arm of government of a possible severance of diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds.

Australian Defence Minister on Two Days Visit to Solomon Islands

Australia's defence minister has arrived in Solomon Islands for a two day visit as part of her Pacific tour.
Team Solomon's and the School Principal of Woodford International School. They will represent Solomon Islands in the 2019 First Global Robotics Competition in Dubai.

Solomon Islands Students to Participate in First Global 2019 Robotics Challenge in Dubai

Students from Woodford International School have been selected to represent Solomon Islands in the 2019 First Global Robotics Competition in Dubai.

Keep People Informed: Wale

Leader of Opposition and MP for Aoke/LangaLanga, Hon. Matthew Wale reiterated the importance of reporting back to parliament on international affairs on behalf of our country.
Customs Officers with the seized cigarettes.

Customs Confiscate Cigarettes

New Comptroller of the Customs and Excise Department Mr. Jim Sutton has warned businesses and individuals who evade tax duties to take extra precaution and follow the right procedure and requirements.
A female officer with the containers of kwaso during the raid.

39 YO Woman Arrested for Brewing Kwaso in Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force in Honiara City have arrested and charged a 39 year-old woman for an allegation of brewing kwaso at Aekafo, Vara Creek in Central Honiara on 23 August 2019.
Unemployed Youths Start Organic Farm

Unemployed Youths Start Organic Farm

Located on the outskirts of Honiara, Gurafesu Farm is managed by a little over 20 youths of the Molotabi community in the Malaita Province.
New Gizo Market Will Boost Economic Benefits: PM

New Gizo Market Will Boost Economic Benefits: PM

The new Gizo market facility will boost economic benefits for the people of Western Province.
Shane Kennedy was the owner of the King Solomon Hotel in Honiara and the Gizo Hotel in Gizo in the Western Province.

Solomon Islands Mourns Passing of Tourism Pioneer Shane Kennedy

The close-knit Solomon Islands travel community is in mourning following the death of larger than life tourism pioneer Shane Kennedy who passed away in Brisbane on Friday.
Interpol Investigates Involvement of Solomon Islander in Sexual Assault Allegations

Interpol Investigates Involvement of Solomon Islander in Sexual Assault Allegations

Allegations of sexual offending on a NZ-backed aid project in the Pacific have led to Interpol looking into concerns about several other people, while the accused man has failed to appear for trial.

Niue Beat Solomons, PNG Thrash Newcomers Nauru

The first round of the revamped Oceania Rugby Cup got underway last week in Port Moresby.
51 YO Father And Two Sons Arrested for Robbery

51 YO Father And Two Sons Arrested for Robbery

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Henderson have arrested a 51-year-old father with his two sons and another relative following a robbery incident in the Lungga area east of Honiara on 11 August 2019.

First Ever National Inflation Series Launched

The Solomon Islands Government through its National Statistics Office (NSO) has reached another milestone in its undertaking as it launched the country’s first ever National Consumer Price Index (NCPI) with an aim to help the government undertake sound effective monetary and fiscal policy formulation and decision-making.
Leai and Kofana with the premiership title cup.

Leai Nets 41 Goals Gets Golden Boot

Solomon Islands young football sensation Raphael Leai has been awarded the Golden Boot after netting 41 goals in New Zealand's Premier Youth Football league.
Representatives of the participating teams at the Oceania Rugby 15s.

Solomon Islands Ready for Oceania Rugby 15s

Solomon Islands arrived in Port Moresby yesterday for the Oceania Rugby Cup which kicks off today afternoon.
Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokeswoman Joanne Ou.

MPs Pledge to Maintain Diplomatic Ties a Good Sign: Taiwan

Taiwan on Wednesday thanked a group of Solomon Islands parliamentarians for their stance on maintaining bilateral diplomatic relations, amid a months-long public debate on whether the Pacific ally should ditch its ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing.
He said the lives of our people and the future of our country are too important to gamble with.

National Security Key to Nation Building: PM

National security is pivotal to sustainable development and nation-building of any nation.
Census Office Warns Public of Fraudulent Employment Deals

Census Office Warns Public of Fraudulent Employment Deals

The Government through its 2019 National Census Office has strongly warned the general public to be cautious against self-claimed Census recruitment agents who promised to arrange jobs in the upcoming National Census.
Police Investigates Death of 18 YO Girl

Police Investigates Death of 18 YO Girl

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are investigating the dead body of an 18-year-old female person found in the eastern side of the Holy Cross Cathedral Hill in Central Honiara this morning.
Minister of Police, National Security and Correctional Services, Hon. Tanangada at the Summit opening.

Government Launches National Security Summit

Provincial Police Commanders (PPC) and the Senior Executive of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) are participating in the three-day National Security Strategy (NSS) Summit being held in Honiara 20 – 22 August 2019.
Police Deploy Officers to the Western Border

Police Deploy Officers to the Western Border

The next deployment of officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) to the western border with Papua New Guinea have left Honiara on Monday on-board Patrol Boat LATA.
The group of 16 MPs also includes former Prime Minister Hon. Rick Hou.

Sixteen Government MPs Declare Support for Solomon Islands-Taiwan Relations

After months of heated public debate over the Taiwan - China issue, sixteen government MPs have come out openly, expressing their strong support for the Solomon Islands to remain with Taiwan.
No Tsunami Threat to Solomon Islands

No Tsunami Threat to Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service at 12:20am this morning on Wednesday 21st August 2019 issued a no tsunami statement following a 6.0 magnitude earthquake.

5 Schools Trial Solutions to Reduce Plastics

Five Honiara schools are trying for 10 weeks to replace single-use plastics in their lunch service through a new waste management initiative.
Solomon Islands and Taiwan Sign Visa Exemption Agreement

Solomon Islands and Taiwan Sign Visa Exemption Agreement

Taiwan and its Pacific ally, the Solomon Islands, have reached a visa-exemption deal in Tuvalu, where the annual Pacific Islands Forum wrapped up on Friday (Aug. 16).
15 YO Boy Arrested for Rape

15 YO Boy Arrested for Rape

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at Auki in the Malaita Province have arrested a 15-year-old male for the alleged rape of a 9-year–old girl at Zion Village in Central Kwara’ae on 13 August 2019.
Bank Officer Arrested and Charged for Stealing

Bank Officer Arrested and Charged for Stealing

Officers of Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) in Honiara have arrested and charged a 42-year-old female for two counts of larceny by servant on 15 August 2019.
Don Bosco Provides Education to Children Living Near Dump Site

Don Bosco Provides Education to Children Living Near Dump Site

The Don Bosco Technical Institute Henderson, located in Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands, launched a new project in 2019 to provide education to children living near the Ranadi dump site in a suburb east of Honiara.
Public Warned of Foreign Counterfeit Notes

Public Warned of Foreign Counterfeit Notes

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) has confirmed that counterfeit $50 euro notes have been found circulating in Honiara.
RSIPF Conducts Operation Matildas 2019

RSIPF Conducts Operation Matildas 2019

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara City will provide security at the international friendly football match between the Australian Westfield Junior Matildas Football team and the Solomon Islands under 19 National Women’s Football team to be held at the Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara on the afternoon of Thursday 15.
Government Confirms Delegation Visit to China

Government Confirms Delegation Visit to China

Another Government delegation will be travelling to China this week to hold high level talks with respective counterparts and decision makers within the PRC Government.
Foreign Minister Meets With CTBTO Executive Secretary

Foreign Minister Meets With CTBTO Executive Secretary

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu- Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon. Jeremiah Manele has held a bilaterial meeting with the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo at the margins of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Tuvalu.

RSIPF Checks on Pubs and Night Clubs in Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara have started an operation to ensure under age youth are not allowed to enter public bars and night clubs within the capital city.
Junior Matildas Arrive for International Friendly

Junior Matildas Arrive for International Friendly

The Westfield Junior Matildas becomes the first Australian national football team to visit the Solomon Islands since 2005.
Police Steps Up Fight Against Kwaso Production

Police Steps Up Fight Against Kwaso Production

Kwaso is illegal. It affects the health of people who consume the home brew and it causes social problems including violence in families and the community at large.
Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare.

PM Sogavare Joins Other Leaders in Climate Change Talks

FUNAFUTI, TUVALU- PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare (MP) joins with other leaders from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) member countries for talks on the issue of climate change.
Kurukuru head coach Vinicius Leiti.

Kurukuru Coach Upbeat Despite Loss

Kurukuru head coach Vinicius Leiti is upbeat despite the teams 7-5 loss in its final friendly against Gold Coast Force.
SolAgro Gives Back to Community

SolAgro Gives Back to Community

Walter Silvae, chairman of Baniata Community Organic Committee (BCOC), the body promoting/governing the organic ngali nut production and representing the ngali nut growers in Baniata, has handed over cash to Dorida Elson, the president of the Baniata Women’s Saving/Lending Scheme.

Crack Down on Illegal Sale of Alcohol and Drugs

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) serving the Guadalcanal Province (GP) have arrested and charged four suspects during a one-week operation targeting the use of illegal alcohol and drugs in Central, East and North East Guadalcanal on 25 July to 3 August 2019.
Commissioner Varley receives a gift from a member of the US delegation.

RSIPF Discusses More Cooperation With US

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has discussed further areas of cooperation with the United States Government during meetings held in Honiara last week.
“The suspect is expected to be charged with several counts of contravening the Road and Traffic Regulations,” says Leonard Menateyi.

Police Investigates Traffic Accident in Temotu Province

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Temotu Province are investigating a vehicle accident at Nea Village on 31 July 2019 when a three-ton truck over turned after it experienced a mechanical problem.
“Those that would benefit from this wage increase are definitely those that need it the most. It would be the house maids, shopkeepers, the carpenters, mechanics and the likes."

Minimum Wage Doubled

The country’s minimum wage has now doubled, from just over SBD$4 per hour to SBD$8 per hour – the new rate will be applied across all sectors.
The latest round of SICCI provincial business training showed that over 70% of the participants were women.

SICCI Wraps Up Provincial Visits for 2019

Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) concluded its provincial visits for 2019 with its fourth provincial training mission to Munda in the Western Province.
“Central Honiara reported the highest number of incidences with Geology, Point Cruz and Tuvaruhu being the hotspot areas.”

High Number of Alcohol Related Disturbances

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Honiara City have recorded an increase in the reports of alcohol related incidents such as disturbances and disorderly behaviour over the last reporting period 20 June to 1 August 2019.
We need to do better. Every child in the Solomon Islands has the right live free from violence and fear, as do all children around the world.

The Need to Do More to Protect Our Children

There is a silent epidemic in my country. Where I live in the Solomon Islands, every single day children - and especially girls - are facing violence.
“Domestic Violence is a serious crime," says ACP Vaevaso.

Spike in Domestic Violence Cases in Honiara

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) have recorded an increase in the number of domestic violence cases in Honiara for the two-week period from 20 July to 1 August 2019.
MPs Careless in Negotiations to Switch Recognition

MPs Careless in Negotiations to Switch Recognition

After their tax payer funded trip through the Pacific, pro-China MPs are rushing to switch recognition from Taiwan to China without negotiating anything in return, the Island Sun reports.
An RSIPF officer control traffic during the operation.

RSIPF Joins Forces with HCC to Tackle Traffic Congestion

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Traffic Department in Honiara are working together with officers of the Honiara City Council (HCC) Law Enforcement to deal with the road congestion in the capital city.
Speaker of Parliament (sitting far L) Patteson Oti with Taiwan's Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan and President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen.

Speaker of Parliament Leads Delegation to Taiwan

Speaker of Parliament, Patteson Oti, is currently in Taiwan at the invitation of the Taiwanese government to attend the annual gathering of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians' Union (APPU).
Taskforce Leaves for China via PNG

Taskforce Leaves for China via PNG

The government task-force assembled to review Solomon Islands relations with China and Taiwan will start their second leg of their tour, this time to China but after a brief stopover in PNG.
For now, Hellen’s biggest priority is to gain more skills and knowledge to develop herself and her community.

Solomon Islands APTC Alumna Makes Progress for Women in Trades

Hellen Samo holds an Australian qualification from the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) in Painting and Decorating, joining the many women unveiling their potential in Solomon Islands’ trades industries.
Police Commissioner, Matthew Varley.

Deaths From Vehicle Accidents In Logging Operations Concerning: Varley

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is concerned about the number of deaths from road accidents involving vehicles operated by logging companies throughout Solomon Islands.
The TV component of the campaign – more than 130 30 and 15-second spots - will be carried across the Seven Network’s 7, 7mate, 7two and 7flix channels.

Tourism Solomons and Solomon Airlines Launch First-ever Australia TV campaign

Tourism Solomons and Solomon Airlines have combined resources to launch a major two-tiered Australian TV/digital campaign designed to position the Solomon Islands as the newest ‘must visit’ destination on the local travel landscape.