History in East Makira

Supporters of the former East Makira MP Charles Maefai have voted to return their late MP’s wife to be their next representative in parliament. Lillian Maefai registered a historic by-election win in the East Makira constituency, becoming the third woman to be elected to the current parliament and setting a new record for women’s representation…

Benefit sharing project launched for Tina villagers

The Community Benefit Sharing Project (CBSP) pilot, designed to enhance the positive impacts of the Tina River Hydro-power Development to the communities in the project area, was launched Friday at Tina Village, Central Guadalcanal. The program has been designed to provide tangible benefits distributed throughout the life of the project to impacted communities and community…

Toyama pleased to support schools here

Japanese ambassador Shigeru Toyama says he was pleased to sign grant contracts with two schools who will receive funding support from his government. He expressed this when signing contracts with reps of Valapata Pimary School in Western Province and the St Josephs Moli in the Choiseul. Valapata Primary School was allocated $690,000 while St Josephs…

32 graduate from Ngalikekero

Ngalikekero Rural Training Centre in North Malaita ended its academic year with a graduation ceremony, Friday. The event saw 32 students graduating in various fields. Fourteen graduated in basic carpentry, six in basic plumbing, five in basic mechanic, three in basic electrical and four in life skills. The centre not only graduated students from North…

Makili shows support for M4D

Local activist Lawrence Makili says he supported the desire of Malaitans for self-determination. Makili declared his support during Malaita for Democracy (M4D) movement dialogue with chiefs and church leaders in Auki, Friday. The dialogue was attended by chiefs, church leaders and women in Malaita. Makili, who comes from the Polynesia atoll of Sikaina in the…

B’villean thank SI for its ‘open arm’

Bougainvillean Francis Utono has thanked Solomon Islands for its open arm to his people during the 10-year Bougainville crisis that saw hundreds of lives lost. Utono, who escaped the war and has since lived in the Western Province, says without the open arms of Solomon Islanders, Bougainvilleans will suffer terribly. During the recent Bougainville referendum…

Airport upgrade starts

Work to upgrade and improve Honiara International Airport has started, Aviation minister Peter Shanel Agovaka says. Japan, which funded the current terminal, is again funding the multi-million dollar upgrading work. Agovaka told parliament his Permanent Secretary has just returned from Tokyo after signing the contract with the Kitano Construction Company, which won the bid to…

3rd woman elected into Parliament

Lilly Maefai, the wife of the Late MP for East Makira, Charles Maefai is East Makira’s choice after a landslide victory of 3371 votes, defeating former form MP Alfred Ghiro, by 2175 votes. Ghiro polled in second with a total of 1196, followed by another female candidate Rose Murray who polled 644 votes. Counting for…

MINER LICENCE CANCELED

But Sunshine Minerals intends to appeal decision… By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN LITTLE-KNOWN mining company Sunshine Nickel and Sunshine Minerals Ltd is reportedly appealing the Mines and Mineral Board’s recent decision to cancel its prospecting licence. The appeal is to be lodged with the Minister for Mines and Energy Bradley Tovosia. But the move has baffled landowners…