SI prepares for MSG arts festival

Solomon Islands is ready to participate at the upcoming 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in Papua New Guinea. The festival opening ceremony will begin on June 28th in Port Moresby and will run for two weeks ending on July 11. The Government is sending a contingent of 168 participants who will take part…

NZ funds new eye care centre here

The New Zealand Government is contributing $3.8 million to the Fred Hollows Foundation to build a new eye clinic in the Solomon Islands. The state-of-the-art centre will double the number of patients that doctors can treat there. Luke Teaman was blind for 20 years because of cataracts. After a 20 minute surgery, his sight was…

Pacific nations look to increase tuna fishing fees

PACIFIC island nations announced plans Thursday to dramatically increase the fees they charge tuna fishing boats for the right to enter their waters, saying it will boost revenue and help conservation efforts. Around half the world’s skipjack tuna, the most commonly canned variety, is caught in waters belonging to an eight-nation group known as the…

Air New Zealand revamps fares

Air New Zealand has revamped its fare options for domestic flights, with last-minute business customers most likely to benefit from the changes. Before the new fare structure, those who booked flights late often had to buy services and add-ons they did not need.  From June 24, travellers will always be able to opt for a…

Unlock regional savings to finance sustainable development, UN urges Asia-Pacific States

The private sector in the Asia-Pacific region holds $33 trillion which could help finance sustainable development, the United Nations economic and social office in the region said, calling for greater partnerships in the social and environmental sectors, and for a reworking of the region’s financial regulations. “Investments in sustainable development could cost as much as…

Housing crisis worsens urban inequality in Pacific Islands

RAPID migration to cities and towns, driven by scarce public services and jobs in rural areas, is producing a profound social shift in Pacific Island countries, where agrarian life has dominated for generations. But the urban dream remains elusive as a severe lack of housing forces many into sprawling, poorly-serviced informal settlements. In the southwest…

Renewable energy capacity reaches record high, says UN

THE number of developing countries with policies in place to support renewable energy has increased six-fold in just eight years, resulting in one-fifth of the world’s power production now coming from renewable sources, according to a United Nations-backed report produced ahead of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum. In the beginning of this year,…

ADB and partners help rebuild Ha’apai after Cyclone Ian

Asian Development Bank and New Zealand are helping the Government of Tonga reconstruct and climate and disaster-proof the electricity network and school facilities that were damaged by Cyclone Ian in January 2014. ADB has approved a $4.52 million grant from ADB’s Disaster Response Facility, the New Zealand Government is providing a grant of $4.27 million,…

Beef raking in millions

New Britain Palm Oil’s cattle operations in Ramu and Numundo in West New Britain, had generated K17.4 million in revenue last year. Chief executive Nick Thompson said cattle production looked promising this year. According to its report last year, the company produced 1,435 metric tons of beef, up from 1,304 the previous year. Their entire…