Gao Bugotu outlines development plan

Gao/Bugotu Constituency has set out six key priority programs and projects in its 2015-2018 Constituency Development Plan, passed during the forum held at Lepi village from July 29-31. They include Environment Protection, Income and Employment, Support to General Cost of Living, Support to Social Services, Administration and Capacity Building and Economic and Social Infrastructure Development.…

MP hailed for initiative

THE Government has congratulated the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gao Bugotu Constituency Samuel Manetoali for his effort to engage all stakeholders to interact directly with his constituents during a constituency summit. The three-day Gao Bugotu Constituency Leaders Forum at Lepi Village, Isabel last week saw presentations from a many sectors including diplomatic missions, government…

Byrne to walk to Guale’s W’coast

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne and his wife Dawn Bennett will go “Wakabaot lo Weathercoast” on Monday.  They will be joined by Ben O’Reilly, Tanya Morjanoff and WO Gary Fuss, also from the Australian High Commission. The group will start in Marau and travel by boat before walking across mountains to visit remote communities on…

Villagers benefit from US funding agency

The Gwaunafau Community Development Association (GCDA) in East Malaita had received a total of around $36,000 funding assistance from the Global Greengrants fund in June 2014. The Global Greengrants fund is an international donor organisation based in USA and it can provide assistance to rural communities in Biodiversity conservation, Climate change and/or food security. The…

Peace building seminar ends in Auki

A peace building and conflict analysis training ended on Friday in Auki with participants issued with certificates. More than 40 participants attended the training, which was supported by the Human Security Initiative for tensions Reduction, Reconciliation and Rehabilitation Project. Facilitator Paulo Baleinakorodwa encouraged participants to go back to their communities share their newly acquired knowledge…

Seminar looks at climate change plan for Honiara

A two-day urban resilience and climate adaptation forum, sponsored by UN-Habitat and facilitated by scientific experts from RMIT University, Melbourne, was held at the Commonwealth Youth Programme Conference Centre, Panatina, on the 4th and 5th of August. Professor Darryn McEvoy, leader of the Climate Change Adaptation Program at RMIT University, says that “the event provided…

Reclaiming the ‘clean’ status of Honiara city

Honiara was once dubbed “one of the Pacific’s cleanest and beautiful towns”. A perfect snapshot to the country’s gateway that wraps together the tiny islands making up that enjoyed ‘hapi isles’. This comes with recognition from its government, relevant authorities and of course its very own citizens showing this off. But fast forward to the…

Sogavare hails Pacific Partnership program

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has commended the Pacific Partnership 2015, describing it as a building block between United States of America and Solomon Islands. He said the partnership is a strong relationship built from history since the World War II in 1942. “I fully agree with remarks made under the Pacific Partnership 2015,” Sogavare said,…

Bikini Islanders flee rising sea

RNZI: Nuclear test refugees from Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands are now fleeing the effects of climate change on their second home, Kili Island. The Bikini Island Council is appealing to the US for financial help with relocation after repeated king tide flooding and storm surges over the past four years on Kili. The…