Are we awake to the truth yet?

The build-up of Malaitan population on the outskirts of Honiara will always pose a threat to the safety and security of Honiara. This is a reality that we can no longer deny or pretend is not happening. Most villages in Malaita today are empty of youths. Only the elderly, mothers, and school-aged children remained here.…

When are we going to listen?

A YOUNG father was killed when the car he was travelling collided head-on with a hilux along Prince Philip highway, Kukum, in the early hours of Monday.  His two companions are fighting for their lives at the National Referral Hospital. The trio were reportedly drunk. Not only that, but they also took the wrong side…

Pray for the flood victims

MANY of our people will spend their Easter for the first time this year in an evacuation centre. These are the ones whose lives were turned up-side –down by the destructive April 3 floods, which claimed 21 lives and left thousands homeless. Many of the evacuees lost their loved ones in the flood. Many more…

Time to put aside funds for disaster response

EAST Choiseul MP Manasseh Sogavare is right. In light of the frequent occurrences of natural disasters, it’s time the national government set aside funds for urgent relief efforts in times of disasters. The devastating April 3 flash floods in Honiara and Guadalcanal remind us of the urgency to do just that. This is to ensure…

Yes, a baily bridge will help a lot

A BAILEY bridge to temporarily replace the destroyed Mataniko bridge is just what Honiara needs at this time. So we thank the great country of New Zealand and its people for offering to build one. Honiara’s traffic congestion was made terribly worse by the destruction of the old bridge in the April 3 devastating flash…

Rebuilding of infrastructures vital

The recent flash flood had brought so much damages to infrastructures in Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal. Following the April 3rd disaster, many wharves, bridges, roads, water pipes and power lines were subsequently damaged. The damages cost so much money and it was unexpected loss for this country. The flood also causes so much inconvenience…

And now, the recovery process is underway

THE disaster recovery stage is underway. Last week’s devastating floods claimed more than 20 lives, affected 52,000 people, and left behind a trail of unimaginable destruction. Latest figures from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) showed approximately 9,400 people are currently living in 21 welfare centres in Honiara. NDMO says up to 52,000 people have…

Police must act on traffic congestion

POLICE and relevant authorities must take drastic steps to address the current traffic congestion in Honiara. The situation since the devastating floods hit the city last Thursday is unacceptable. The road is heavily congested, so much so, that it now takes more than two hours by car to travel from Kukum to Point Cruz. The…

Let’s turn to the victims

HONIARA and parts of Guadalcanal are now disaster zones. Minister responsible for natural disasters, Bradley Tovosia, made the declaration on Saturday after devastating floods hit Honiara and the Guadalcanal plains, Thursday. The decision will allow the national government and other humanitarian organisations to mobilise their relief efforts in these disaster areas. The scale and magnitude…

The sea is rising, all is not well

VILLAGERS of Marau, east Guadalcanal, are living in fear. Sea level rise, they say, is eating away their shorelines and digging into their village. They don’t feel safer anymore. They feel their future is in jeopardy. To them, climate change is real. It is happening right before their eyes. They wanted to be relocated to…