APID secures mine caveat

Move baffles Rennell landowners LOGGING company, Asia Pacific Investment Development Ltd (APID) has taken a 10-year caveat over mining tenements in West Rennell, deepening the controversy over the controversial grant of its mining lease as well as the process of its land acquisition At the same time, the company has doubled the size of its…

Maelanga: Scheme rigged of corruption

A PROPOSED housing scheme the Sogavare government plans for public servants is rigged of corruption, Parliamentary Independent leader Manasseh Maelanga says. Mr Maelanga also slammed the $3.7 million the government paid to owners of speed boat Sun Express, which they hired during the government formation stages last December. “This government must come out clear on…

Crackdown on Illegal logging

THE Ministry of Forestry is embarking on new tougher measures to crackdown on illegal logging practices in the country. The new initiative is aimed at ensuring that logging companies and operators do business within the laws of the land by fully complying with the requirements of the Forestry Act and other related regulations.  Minister for…

Makili: Timber talks a miscarriage

LOCAL environmental campaigner Lawrence Makili has described the recent Solomon Islands-New Zealand Timber Industry Meeting as a “total miscarriage”. He said this is because reps from environmental organisations were excluded from the talks. “As an environmental campaigner, I have made attempts to be part of the dialogue but received no positive response from organisers,” he…

NGO leaving Temotu

A NEW Zealand-based non-government organisation, OceansWatch, is leaving Temotu Province because of Customs and Immigration issues. The NGO, whose workers normally travelled directly to Temotu on yacht, said they’ve always experienced immigration and customs clearance delays at Lata. This is due to the absence of immigration and customs officers in the province. OceansWatchhad been working…

Logging illegal, says Renbel man

LOGGING company Samlinsum’s operation on Rennell is illegal, a Rennel man claims. And Pautangata Hakatingisa’a urged government authorities to stop the logger from felling trees on disputed land,which are currently before the High Court. Mr Hakatingisa’a said Samlinsam has continued to trespass and operateon land, whicha High Court order had restricted them from entering. He…

Eye Centre impresses visitors

THERESE Walsh, Peter Kiely and Gill Greer, advisers to the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs visited the new Regional Eye Centre (REC) on 14 August. Walsh, Kiely and Greer are members of the International Development Advisory and Selection Panel (IDASP), an independent group that provides advice to the Minister on the New Zealand Aid…