Vunagi is new GG in-waiting

The Reverend David Vunagi is poised to be the country’s next Governor General. At the close of nominations 4pm on Wednesday, the former Anglican Church of Melanesia’s (ACOM) Archbishop was the only nominee. Vunagi is expected to take up his new role from incumbent Sir Frank Kabui on 7 July this year. Office of the…

Police probe death of girl, 4

POLICE in Malaita Province are investigating the death of a four-year-old female child at Fo’ondo Village in North Malaita on 31 May 2019. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Malaita Province, Superintendent Solomon Sisimia says: “My officers at Malu’u are currently investigating a sad incident which resulted in the death of a 4-year-old female child at Fo’ondo…

New mini hospital opens at Malango

A NEW mini hospital called ‘Ravi Ni Laka’ was officially opened at Chichinge village in Malango ward, Central Guadalcanal, on Tuesday. The hospital is funded under the Ministry of Provincial government’s ‘Provincial Capacity Development Fund’ (PCDF). Guests who attended the opening include MPA for Malango ward Keit Amasaea and the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Provincial…

NZ delegation meets PM

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has held talks with a high-level delegation from the New Zealand Government, led by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters (MP) at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet yesterday afternoon. Bilateral issues such as the New Zealand’s Foreign Policy –the “Pacific Reset”, the New…

New aviation pact signed 

SOLOMON Islands and New Zealand signed the Solomon Islands Airport Management Company agreement last night in Honiara. Visiting New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, who arrived with a large delegation yesterday, signed the agreement with Foreign Affairs minister Jeremiah Manele. Speaking at the occasion, Manele thanked the Government of New Zealand for its commitment…

Croc kills man in West

POLICE in Western Province say a crocodile has allegedly killed an adult male person at about 2am on 3 June 2019 on Kolombangara Island. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Western Province, Chief Superintendent Mathias Lenialu said the body of the person, who was from Kaza village, was found in the Kaza river on Kolombangara Island early…

New City Mayor announced

Honiara City Council (HCC) has a new Mayor who was elected on Tuesday. He is Wilson Mamae who is expected to lead the Council for the next four years. Clerk Charles Kelly yesterday officially announced the newly elected City Mayor following the election. Speaking after his victory, the newly elected Mayor said it is a…

No pressure from Morrison, says Sogavare

PM REVEALS DISCUSSION By ANDREW FANASIA PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare says his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison respects any decision his Government may have on the China-Taiwan issue. Sogavare was speaking to reporters on Tuesday, a day after Morrison’s brief visit to Honiara. He said they discussed the issue at length during their one-on-one discussion. “It’s a critical…

Alleged scholarship scam probed

OFFICERS of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the Honiara Central Police Station are investigating an alleged scam scholarship scheme which has affected more than 20 students at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) in Honiara. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) of Honiara City, Chief Superintendent Stanley Riolo says, “My officers are investigating an…