Development planning

Dear Editor – It looks as though the Solomon Islands government has come through a continuous unstable situation since gaining independence in 1978. This in my view will certainly continue unless certain changes are made to certain functions of the government for certain areas or issues. One thing which I believe needs changing is the…

West Honiara funding

Dear Editor – Sometimes between March and May last year three communities at White River area namely Windy Valley, Windy Valley Heights and Forest Valley received $100,000 each from Ministry of infrastructure Development (MID) solely for road maintenance work. My concern is about how the money is being spent for the purpose it was intended…

Land board stops fraud

Dear Editor – Looking through old newspapers to find articles others and I wrote about logging and mining corruptions on Rennell, I find this article: LAND BOARD STOPS FRAUD—THE MINISTER HAPPY WITH NEW BODY, interesting. The article was written by Aatai John, and it appears in the front page of the Solomon Star Issue No.6783…

Only cults do this

THE talk over the last few days has been on a movement in Malaita that called themselves “Message of the Kingdom”. This group existed as a church for many years. But public attention turned on them in recent days after the group’s leader, who some have described as a “self-claimed prophet”, made outrageous predictions that…

The status of SINPF in 2015

Background and Overview THE SINPF was established under the SINPF Act 1973. The vision of the institution is to provide comfortable life after retirement through a sustainable contribution growth. The vision is founded on this mission statement: “Protecting and preserving contribution savings of members. In this connection, the Fund attempts to optimise growth through prudent…

Rhinoceros beetle – What can I do?

THE coconut rhinoceros beetle recently arrived in Solomon Islands and is causing serious damage to coconut palms on Guadalcanal, Savo, North Malaita and Ngela. Many people are asking, “What can I do about this new pest?” Government has already begun work with technical experts in Solomon Islands and overseas on scientific solutions to the pest…

Plastic pollutants

Dear Editor – “Single-use plastics are a human addiction that we must face head on. Plastic pollution is not only impacting our waters and marine life, but also the human food chain and our overall health.” – Plastic Oceans.org.  Recent Radio New Zealand news bulletins have reported how the government in Vanuatu is leading the…