Air New Zealand’s profit up 45 percent

AP – New Zealand’s national airline on Wednesday posted a 45 percent increase in profit on slightly higher revenues. Air New Zealand announced an after-tax profit of $NZD 262 million (US$218 million) for the year ending June. Revenue was up 1 percent to NZ$4.7 billion. Chairman Tony Carter said in a statement it was the…

PNG Minister warns NBC to take stock

THE NATIONAL – A Papua New Guinea Cabinet Minister has directed the PNG National Broadcasting Corporation board and management to produce results by next month or face the consequences. Communication and Information Technology Minister Jimmy Miringtoro sounded the warning following the Auditor-General’s report on the State-owned radio and television station, which revealed cases of mismanagement…

Tonga pension extension welcomed

RNZI: A spokesperson for a Tonga group that cares for families says the extension in the availability of pensions for the elderly is widely welcomed. This week people from the age of 70 up have been able to receive the TOP65 pa’anga (US$35), monthly payments from the Government’s National Retirement Benefits and Social Welfare Board.…

Auki police enter day four of training

AUKI police in Malaita entered their fourth day of training yesterday in preparation of the upcoming national general elections. The training was conducted to equip officers with skills and knowledge to prepare for law and order situation that may arise during the elections. The training featured demonstrations on how to approach and disperse crowds in…

FFA traveling tuna gets high-level welcome to Samoa

SAMOA’S Prime Minister Tupuola Sailele Malielegaoi and SIDS Coordinator Faalavaau Perin aSila ensured a high-level welcome to their country this week for a travelling tuna artwork produced by regional arts students in Fiji. The tuna artwork was presented to support UN SIDS visibility for Oceans and Fisheries by the current Forum Fisheries Chair, te Ulu…

Island states told to press onward

Small Island Developing States(SIDS) have been told that there is no time to waste sitting back and wait but to focus and press forward to make their voices heard in addressing their issues in the UNSIDS conference next week. Speaking before Pacific journalists in Apia this week, the Director General of Secretariat to the Pacific…

Taiwanese to take plea next

THE Taiwanese national accused of trying to export millions of dollar worth of Tubi logs will enter his plea on September 10. This was after Crown Prosecutor Ricky Iomea on Wednesday informed the court the crown will proceed with the charge against Hsieh Chen Chin Fu. Fu is facing one count of attempted export of…

Gov’t grilled on missing Beche-de-mer

PM says the consignment should be destroyed THEIR arguments stop with the police. It is over a year now and police investigation into the controversial missing beche-de-mer consignment has not answered the many questions surrounding the saga. Even in parliament yesterday morning, the Minister of Fisheries and the Prime Minister dodged the many questions raised…

Five charged over Karaina arson

FIVE men have been arrested and charged for the recent riot and burning down of houses at Karaina Settlement at White River, West Honiara. A remand application was made on Saturday for David Dawea Lakwolly, Erick Domo, David Danny Rabei, John Metua and Gilbert Atisa Mweela in the Honiara Magistrate Court. The men aged between…