Take heed of weather information

The cyclone season is now up on us. And so we can expect more rain, strong wind and rough seas. The weather office has issued warnings to the public especially those traveling by boat in open waters and those living by the river banks. Currently a tropical cyclone is affecting Tonga. Its impact is slowly…

2013: Making Strides toward Sustainable Tuna

Across the globe, as populations soar, a growing number of people are relying on seafood for their nutrition and their livelihood. Tuna is one of the most popular species of seafood, and the industry surrounding it is an economic engine for countless communities. With competing interests at play, and the health of the ocean’s ecosystem…

Into Melanesian minefield

Foreign Ministers of the Melanesian Spearhead Group are set to tip-toe through a diplomatic minefield with news that a MSG delegation – led by Fiji’s Ratu Inoke Kubuabola – will make its long-awaited visit to the Indonesian province of West Papua this week. The mission is fraught with potential difficulty and will require all the…

What’s next for Papua after the MSG diplomacy?

The 2013 Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) summit undoubtedly marked a historic moment on the long journey of Papua’s international diplomacy. During the top diplomatic gathering of the Melanesian countries, the Papuan representatives were invited for the first time. While this political decision constitutes a breakthrough for the political impasse in Jakarta, the decision is still pending…

Govt donates to St Paul Sulufou

Deputy Prime Minister Manasseh Maelanga yesterday delivered a government donation of $20,000 to St. Paul’s Sulufou Church, North East Malaita. The donation was intended to assist the Anglican community on Sulufou to celebrate the opening of their newly built Church, which was consecrated on December 28th 2013. The Deputy Prime Minister was invited to the…