Tourists commend local hospitality

A New Zealand couple currently sailing through the country have commended local indigenous Solomon Islanders for their hospitality and communication skills. Michael and Julie, sailed through our waters from Temotu province and now are in Central province. They have their own trade business in New Zealand. But after retiring they decided to sell   the business…

Koraua back as SICCI chair, new vice elected

Daltron country manager Tony Koraua has retained his seat as the chairman of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) board. This is for the 4th consecutive year since his first election to the top post in 2011. He was re-elected a recent extra-ordinary meeting held at Club HP last Thursday. Mr Koraua…

Central plans to re-open Anuha airport

Central Island province plans to reopen Anuha airstrip in the Florida islands, Central province to boost air-links and the flow of tourist into the province. Deputy premier of the province Charles Bisa revealed this to the Solomon Star last week during a meeting with Green Tourism Solomon Island Ltd officials at Taupuipui Island Resort. Mr…

BSP posts K436m profit

Bank South Pacific Limited has announced a net profit of K436.8 million (US$153.9 million) for the 2013 financial year, with a final dividend of 66 toea per share to be paid to shareholders. This was announced by the bank’s group chairman Kostas Constantinou last Friday.  Constantinou said 2013 has been a successful one for the…

Kobuana landowners want airstrip

Landowning groups in Kobuana Island, Bonavesta, Central island province have declared opening up their land for airstrip development. Martin Tinoni village elder of Kobuana Island told Green Tourism Solomon Island Ltd during a visit to the island Thursday last week. Mr Tinoni told the gathering that most members of their families have agreed for their…

Western farmers to be assisted

The Western provincial agriculture extension office is working closely with cocoa and coconut farmers to ensure they produce quality products. The program was an initiative to by the national government to ensure farmers have a quality and marketing products for exporting. Speaking from  Gizo, chief agriculture officer Samson Timi said that his officers have been…

Yachters want entry fee reduced

The current yacht entry fee into Solomon Island waters is very expensive. Michael and Julie, a couple from New Zealand currently sailing around the country claimed, the fee to enter the country very costly compared to other countries. Speaking to the Solomon Star at Roderick Bay last week the couple called on the national government…

Westpac women’s education grants program

Westpac Solomon Islands is calling all women and girls who are interested in applying for a Westpac Women’s Education Grant to submit their application before time runs out. Since 2011, Westpac Solomon Islands has offered the Westpac Women’s Education Grants Program to give women and girls an opportunity to receive financial assistance to help with…

BSP sets up branchless banking agent in Dadave ‐ GPPOL 2

Bank South  Pacific (BSP)  has  again  brought much  needed  banking services  deeper  into North East  Guadalcanal  province  launching  yet  another  branchless  banking  full  agent  at Dadave Village‐ GPPOL 2 on Friday. Dadave BSP Agent owner Mr Daniel Buto thanked BSP for bringing branchless banking services to their doorstep as the womenfolk are now able to…