From the Australian High Commissioner’s Desk

One of my favourite things to do in Honiara is to wander through the central market on a Saturday morning.  It’s the heartbeat of the city, full of colour, noise and movement, and a demonstration of the enterprise of Solomon Islanders.  Of course, it’s also a great place to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables,…

KFPL experiences labour shortage

Kolobangara Forestry Products Limited (KFPL) is facing a labour shortage to carry out work in its tree plantation on Kolombangara, Western province. This came after the company continues to expand its operations this year. KFPL personal manager Mayson Nesa speaking to the Solomon Star this week said his team conducted employment awareness on Rannogah and…

Green Tourism out for fieldwork

Officials from Green Tourism Solomon Islands Ltd will go on a second trip to Roderick Bay area in West Big Gela, Central Province on Monday. This to carry out fieldwork on the proposed holiday tour package for the area. A statement from the company said the fieldwork will be conducted at the four eco-tourism properties…

Mere market next week

The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association or SIWIBA will host its second Mere Market after it was postponed last month. Mere market will kick off on 21st to 23rd (Wednesday to Friday) of May 2014 at the National Art Gallery. As stressed by the SIWIBA president Mrs. Darlcy Tekulu, Mere Market is organized to…

Lessons from April disaster

Dear Editor – Last week, students at Mbokonavera High School expressed their frustration at the authorities for allowing evacuees to continue to occupy their classrooms. Many outside Honiara City are complaining of delays in the receipt of relieve assistance from NDMO (National Disaster Management Office) including shortage of food. Thousands of our people are still…

Where are the school materials?

Dear Editor – I am one of the guardians and a parent who is seriously concern and sadly acknowledge the manner in which the adviser of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development has continued to delay the distribution of school materials to schools throughout the country, so much so that it is now…

Immigration needs to improve service

Dear Editor – There is a lot of concern from the business houses and the public with regards to the services provided by the Immigration department of the Ministry of Commerce, Labour, Immigration and investment. As most of the business houses and the public at large really appreciating the improved, fast and reliable services provided…

Removed Financial Controller, MHMS

Dear Editor – In the past months we have faced a difficult situation in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Most of our requests for basic services, such as travel advance warranty, print, toners, and stationaries have been categorically denied by the Financial Controller –Michael. He was sent by Canberra to control the HSSP…

How we corrupt public offices

Dear Editor – It is perhaps a repetition of the obvious to say that corruption of office was the rock which will destroy the ship of the nation Solomon Islands. I think corruption of office in the Solomon Islands goes back to the colonial era when the messenger collected bribe from the illiterate people before…

Extra $6.4M needed for flood relief

THE National Disaster Management Office is seeking an extra $6.4 million from the national government to continue with its relief efforts outside of Honiara and other provinces. This was after the initial $6 million the government had allocated for relief efforts in Honiara had been used up. The need for additional funds had put more…