Tawatana farewells volunteers

Members of the Tawatana community and two Australian volunteers fought back tears as they said goodbye in Tawatana on Makira Island. Tawatana on the North West coast of Makira Island has been home to two volunteers from the Australian Volunteers for International Development program (AVID) program for the past 7 months. The volunteers have been…

Islanders want clinic re-opened

LUANIUA community in the Malaita Outer Islands (MOI) urgently needs a clinic. And residents on this isolated island urged the government to build them the facility. Their call came after the community’s only clinic had run-down more than 20 years ago and was no longer able to serve the people. Spokesman and a former Malaita…

Food shortage fear

MALAITA Outer Islands (MOI) people fear they will be hit by another severe food shortage. Resident Wilson Sangahu said heavy downpour in recent weeks has affected their food gardens. “Our food gardens were swamped and soon fruit and root crops will rot,” Mr Sangahu said. He said people of the MOI always experience severe food…

Ramohia meets PM, thank him for support

MALAITA premier Peter Ramohia has thanked the Democratic Coalition for Change Government for prioritising Malaita Province in its development policy and assured that his government will do its best to support the Sogavare-led regime’s implementation of its policy intentions. Mr Ramohia expressed his gratitude when he called on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Monday. “I understand…

School results debacle

Principal says 15 students passed from Honiara High FIFTEEN form six students of Honiara High School were selected to do form seven this year, the school’s principal Johnny Maetia says. Nine will do arts while six for science, he added. Mr Maetia was responding to the widespread public criticism of his administration after the results…

NTU plans to sign MOU with tertiary institutions

THE National Training Unit (NTU) of the Ministry of Education Human Resource Development (MEHRD) is working on a plan to establish an agreement with the overseas tertiary institutions that hosts government sponsored students. The initiative is being given attention because students’ results are often held up. NTU director Clement Tito assured students on Monday the…

Swell warning issued

A SWELL warning was issued yesterday afternoon to people living on low lying islands off Malaita, as well as those in northern Choiseul, Isabel, Makira, and Temotu. The Weather office issued the warning in light of current weather conditions. “There is a possibility of coastal inundation over low lying islands and atolls,” the warning advice…

Four domestic airports in upgrading priority list

THE MINISTRY of Communication and Aviation is planning to upgrade four provincial airstrips under its priority list. They are Lata (Temotu province), Kirakira (Makira Ulawa), Taro (Choiseul) and Gwounoru’u in Malaita province. Permanent secretary, Francis Lomo said the ministry wants to tar-seal these airstrips because of the demands on their traffic routes by the travelling…

$1.2M released, Munda airport phase 2 to roll

WORK on the second phase of Munda International airport in the Western Province is set to resume in coming months. The green light to commence the second phase came on after the Voramali tribal leaders received the remaining $1.2 million of goodwill payment from the government in Honiara yesterday to allow the New Zealand contractor…