PM: Fiu hydro-power project preparatory work rolling

SOLOMON Islands Government preparatory work for the proposed Asian Development Bank-funded Fiu River hydropower project in Malaita Province is progressing well. “The land valuation assessment of the project site has been completed and the report on this assessment will be finalised by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey after it receives a report on…

Airstrip to reopen after 3 years closure

Gwaunaru’u airport set to reopen following successful negotiations THE Gwaunaru’u Airport near the Malaita Provincial capital Auki will reopen in the next two weeks following successful negotiations between the national government and representatives of the tribal groups claiming ownership over the airport site. The Commissioner of Lands, Mr Nelson Naoapu, Permanent Secretary for Lands, Housing…

Malaita Police force boosted

THE work of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in Malaita Province will be enhanced with the official hand over of a Stabicraft by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) during a ceremony in Auki on 18 December. The new RAMSI Special Coordinator, Quinton Devlin, and the new Commander of the RAMSI…

CBSI condemns armed robbery in Auki

(Honiara 27.11.15) – THE Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) condemns in the strongest term the armed robbery at the Bank South Pacific (BSP) branch in Auki, Malaita Province, on Friday morning. A statement released by the Central Bank, calls on Malaita National and Provincial leaders to condemn and speak out against this unlawful action,…

Auki bank raid

THREE masked robbers armed with a shot-gun and wearing military-style clothes got away with more than $200,000 when they stormed Bank South Pacific (BSP) branch in Auki just after 11am yesterday. The incident brought the provincial capital into lockdown as schools, businesses and offices closed for the day in the wake of gun shots the…

Taiwan funds Lau lagoon sanitation project

THE Government of the Republic of China, Taiwan has donated a sum of SBD$3 million towards the Fakaloloma Sanitation Pilot Project in Lau lagoon, North Malaita. The sanitation project is the initiative of the people of Niuleni and Funafou islands in the Lau lagoon, Malaita Province, but which was enhanced by fund allocation from the…

Namoia School comp rampant

IN East Malaita, the Namoia School League (NSL) competition is reaching climax as the final matches are approaching. Wilson Okisi, school sports master relayed to Sol-Business yesterday. “Games are now closing into quarter-final matches with rivals battling to secure top position from each pool,” he said. He said that the Namoia 2015 School League which…

Fata Treks vows to promote rural tourism

A NEW hiking company has vowed to promote sustainable development under the flagship of Rural  Tourism Development (RTD) on Malaita Province. Fata Treks Hiking Company was formed on January this year. It has been described as a new wave or chapter of rural tourism development on the highlands of Central Kwara’ae, Naki Naki region. Founder,…

Fiu LOs taskforce present report to caucus

CHAIRMAN of Government Caucus, Hon Jackson Fiulaua was today (yesterday) presented with the Fiu Hydro Land and Resource Owners Taskforce Strategic Work Plan for 2015-2017. Hon Fiulaua who is also the MP for Central Kwara’ae, where the hydro project will be implemented, met with the Taskforce Chairman, Alfred Gegeo and three other members of the…

PM meets Fiu hydro landowners’ taskforce

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare yesterday has met the Fiu Hydro Land and Resource Owners Taskforce where he was presented with the group’s strategic work plan for 2015-2017. The Fiu Land and Resource Owners comprised of various landowning groups and tribes involved in the Fiu Hydro Power Project on Malaita. In December 2011, the twenty eight…

RAMSI hands over new police station in Auki to SIG

THE people of Malaita Province will now have access to a modern, spacious and well-equipped police station with the opening of the AU$1.8 million Malaita Provincial Police Headquarters in the provincial capital Auki on 10 June 2015. The Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), Ms Justine Braithwaite handed over the…