ADB supports Samoa in AgriBusiness

APIA, SAMOA – Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President Lakshmi Venkatachalam and Samoan Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last week launched an AgriBusiness Support Project that will provide business support services and financing to agribusinesses in Samoa. “Agribusinesses provide jobs and income, so their development will play a critical role in promoting…

Focus: West Papua

Benny Wenda’s Story Early life As a young child in the 1970s, Benny Wenda’s world was his village in the remote highlands of West Papua. Life consisted of tending gardens with his mother among the Lani people who, he says, ‘lived at peace with nature in the mountains’. In 1977 that life changed dramatically. That…

Aust urged to end association with human rights abuse in West Papua

The Director of Communications at the Human Rights Law Center in Australia urges the Australian government to “introduce laws that would minimise the risk of Australian policing or military assistance supporting human rights violators.” The Australian government funds and trains Detatchment (‘Densus’) 88, an Indonesian anti terrorism unit which has been used to attack peaceful…

Beck is Pacific’s rep at UN Women

SOLOMON Islands is the only Pacific country represented on the United Nations Women Executive Board. Its representative is Helen Beck, the Counsellor at the Solomon Islands Mission in New York.  Sharing her experiences with civil society organisations including women and youth groups from around the region at a meeting in Nadi last week, Mrs Beck…

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…

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…