Self commendation is no praise, but for the Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) Organizing Committee to have a sense of gloom and doom and constant self-condemnation; with a sense that they have failed the Region, Solomon Islands and our people by not producing the best, may have been just becoming paranoiac on the part of the Committee and the Government. After speaking to a number of journalists from the region and beyond, contrary to that self-inflicted perception, there are positive indications that we may somehow have produced what could be the biggest and best ever Festival of Pacific Arts.
As a regular writer of this page, I too would like to acknowledge and commend our government, including the various ministries and members of the parliament who were directly involved in this festival, chairperson and members of the organizing committee, other subsidiary committees and their members, the police department and officers, the different groups of people who constructed the houses and everything in all the festival centers, the experts of the lighting system and flares, Solomon Islands participants, and the public of Honiara and the country.
The belief by some Rennellese that logging will make them rich is really a joke. The truth is logging will not only going to destroy Rennell biodiversity, but it will also cause huge financial loss to the people in terms of hewing their logs and the destruction of the environment.