‘Taskforce must be independent’

A West Rennell landowner has called on the Renbel provincial government to recheck their formed task-force and ensure that its members are free of bribery, independent and non-affiliated to any logging or mining companies. Speaking to the Solomon Star news last Sunday Rex Soaika stressed that the role played by the task force is highly…

Leaders meet McCully

NEW Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has met with the Leader of Opposition Jeremiah Manele and Independent Leader Manasseh Maelanga last Friday. When receiving Minister McCully and his delegation at Parliament, both leaders acknowledged the New Zealand Foreign Minister’s visit and to include them in the Minister’s schedule. The Leader of Opposition Mr Manele…

Fiu resource owners welcome gov’t’s commitment

RESOURCE OWNERS of the multi-million dollar Fiu hydro power project on Malaita have welcomed Prime Minister, Hon Manasseh Sogavare and his Government’s strong commitment to implement the various development projects on Malaita. Chairman of the Resource owners task force, Alfred Gegeo, speaking from Auki, said that “it is heartening to hear the Prime Minister Manasseh…

NZ delegation visits eye centre

A NEW Zealand high level delegation led by Therese Walsh, Peter Kiely and Gill Greer, advisers to the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs visited the new Regional Eye Centre (REC) on Friday. Walsh, Kiely and Greer are members of the International Development Advisory and Selection Panel (IDASP), an independent group that provides advice to…

New mechanic school opens in Auki

The Auki Academic Community School (AACS) was officially opened on Thursday at Kwaibala riverside in Auki Malaita province. The newly opened school will focus on training mechanics. The school’s motto is: “Learning Our Ways Forward.” Speaking during the official opening school director John Ulasi said, Auki community and the township have been without such a…

Treasures of the South Pacific workshop

Suva, FIJI (SPTO): The South Pacific Specialist Programme, the online training programme for travel agents, will be the focus of a two-day ‘Treasures of the South Pacific’ Australian workshop that will promote the programme to retail  travel agencies and tour wholesalers. The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) will participate in a regional tourism seminar in…

Cook Is axes departure cards

RAROTONGA, (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – People departing the Cook Islands no longer have to complete a departure form at the airport. Prime Minister, Minister for Tourism and Minister for Immigration, Henry Puna, said he had been approached in recent months by representatives of the tourism industry to review the process of requiring international passengers leaving…

Plan to scrap national exams in PNG

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) – Grade 8 and Grade 10 national examinations in Papua New Guinea will be scrapped by 2017. The only national examination will be for Grade 12 which will then prepare every student for tertiary institutions. Students learning from elementary to Grade 12 will be assessed through various tests during these years…

Chance to improve business

Port Moresby (The National) – THE 2018 APEC meeting presents Papua New Guinea with ways to improve the country’s ways in doing business, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says. Speaking during release of report Powering PNG into the Asian Century, by the ANZ Bank in Port Moresby last week, O’Neill said between now and then, PNG…

Removal call reiterated

LEADER of the Opposition group Jeremiah Manele has reiterated his call to the Prime Minster Manasseh Sogavare to sack his Special Secretary Rence Sore and the Minister of Forestry Bodo Dettke. Mr. Manele made the call in a press conference yesterday at the Sir Paul Tovua complex in Honiara. He said, there are serious national…