NZ remains committed post RAMSI

THE Government of New Zealand has pledged to continue to assist the Solomon Islands Government post RAMSI. This was highlighted in a meeting between Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand Paula Bennett Friday last week. Hon Bennett was in Honiara for the four-day RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to…

Independence volleyball tourney set

SOLOMON Islands Volleyball Federation (SIVF) is inviting clubs and teams who are interested to play in the volleyball competition this Independent Day. Morris Maitaki, President of the Federation this is part of celebrating with the volleyball families. The annual opened club volleyball tournament will kick-off this Friday 7th July 2017 at Justice Court Town Ground.…

Thanks govt, RAMSI

Dear Editor – I wish to thank the government for allowing a public holiday to honour RAMSI in their farewell program. Earlier there was a call made through this paper’s Letters column calling on the government to consider allowing a day special break to allow the Honiara residents to come out and witness the final…

Recording the truth

Dear Editor – The Honourable Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, spoke last week at a high-level symposium on the legacy of RAMSI. The PM said it was important that future generations are fed the right information about what actually happened during the period of the countries ethnic tensions, because as he said, “This is going to…

April Valley

Dear Editor – Amidst the local celebrations marking the work of RAMSI, three years on from the terrible floods in Honiara in April 2014 when 21 people from the Kao Valley community died as the Mataniko River burst its banks, the hundreds of people that were relocated to the eastern foothills of Honiara are still…

RAMSI ends: what’s next for SI?

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) officially comes to a completion on Friday, June 30. For the past 14 years the Australian-led mission has been assisting the Pacific Island country to reestablish stability and functionality after a period of ethnic violence from 1998 to 2003. During this period hundreds of people were killed,…

Mining

Dear Editor – Despite controversies surrounding specific mining projects throughout the country – Gold Ridge, Renell and Bellona, Temotu, and Isabel to name a few, the DCC appears to be doing something to improve how things are done in this industry with the recent launch of the National Minerals Policy. I assume that, the document…

Bankruptcy

Dear Editor – Solomon Islands is on the brink of bankruptcy. This is a fact – a very hard fact. The government must take immediate and decisive steps to prevent the country from sliding further into the abyss, which might take many more years to recover. First, stop all tax payer funded overseas trips, fire…