Move to empower traditional leaders

The Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) is working at empowering traditional leaders to disputes as one of its implementation strategy in its newly launched Peace Building Policy. The ministry’s awareness team is currently in Malaita after completing its awareness in Honiara and will be touring every province. Its director Reuben Lilo said…

Call to fence off Auki wharf

THE Malaita provincial government has been urged to build a fence in front of the new Auki wharf to stop vehicles from disturbing passengers during arrival and departure of ships. Malaitan Johnathan Mae said it was important for the wharf area to be cleared of vehicles all the time to allow free movement and flow…

Malaita police ready for big day

Malaita police say they are well prepared for the province’s 15 August second appointed day celebration in Auki Provincial police Commander Alfred Uiga said they had been preparing for the past days ahead of the big day. The police were expected to provide security as well as stage a guard of honour. Uiga said they…

Funds for snail baiting exhausted

Government funds allocated for Giant African Snail eradication exercise run out just within months. This was highlighted in a public notice pinned up in front of the Ministry of Agriculture Quarantine department. Quarantine director Francis Tsatsia also confirmed that.  “…..yes, funds allocated for the baiting exercise have runs out,” Tsatsia said. “For this year we…

Auki gaming facility queried

Malaita premier Peter Ramohia says his government did not issue a license to a newly opened cyber world online internet gaming facility at provincial capital Auki. The recently opened facility had raised a few eye-brows as well as on social media discussions in the Malaita Forum Facebook page. “I don’t know who issued the company…

Claim: council law enforcers dishonest

Certain Honiara City Council law-enforcement officers were reportedly involved in the illegal sale of betel nuts along the streets of Honiara. That’s according to the council law-enforcement insider. The source said that this was clearly reflected on street vending. “One can tell this by simply taking a walk along the streets. You can see that…

G’Day film festival to take Honiara by storm

The Australian High Commission’s annual film festival is set to take Honiara by storm this week. The event runs from Thursday 13th August to Saturday 15th August at the Art Gallery Grounds and will feature 3 Australian movies – Paper Planes, Red Dog and Crocodile Dundee 2. Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Andrew Byrne…

Gao Bugotu outlines development plan

Gao/Bugotu Constituency has set out six key priority programs and projects in its 2015-2018 Constituency Development Plan, passed during the forum held at Lepi village from July 29-31. They include Environment Protection, Income and Employment, Support to General Cost of Living, Support to Social Services, Administration and Capacity Building and Economic and Social Infrastructure Development.…

MP hailed for initiative

THE Government has congratulated the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gao Bugotu Constituency Samuel Manetoali for his effort to engage all stakeholders to interact directly with his constituents during a constituency summit. The three-day Gao Bugotu Constituency Leaders Forum at Lepi Village, Isabel last week saw presentations from a many sectors including diplomatic missions, government…

Byrne to walk to Guale’s W’coast

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne and his wife Dawn Bennett will go “Wakabaot lo Weathercoast” on Monday.  They will be joined by Ben O’Reilly, Tanya Morjanoff and WO Gary Fuss, also from the Australian High Commission. The group will start in Marau and travel by boat before walking across mountains to visit remote communities on…