Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands wins bid to host Pacific Labour Mobility meeting

A delegation led by Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs Joseph Ma’ahanua submitted Solomon Islands bid host in Brisbane last week.

The delegation included Solomon High Commissioner to New Zealand Joy Kere, Helen Beck, George Tuti and Louise Ellerton from the Australian High Commission in Honiara.

The PLMAM meeting brought together responsible authorities from Australia and New Zealand, including their Departments of Immigration, Employment and Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

New Solomons PM aims to restore services to rural areas

The former Central Bank governor was today elected by parliament 33 votes to 16 over the other candidate, Central Honiara MP John Moffat Fugui.

Speaking to the parliament, Mr Hou said he would continue with the policies of the government of Manasseh Sogavare, who was ousted in a vote of no-confidence last week.

Solomons act over dolphin sellers to protect tuna markets

Earlier this month, 20 dolphins were rescued from captivity in a joint police and fisheries operation at Rapata Village in the Western Province.

The Ministry's technical secretary Farrah Lafi said 14 suspects would appear in court and could face a penalty of $US65,000 and or imprisonment not exceeding two years.

Mr Lafi said suspects do this illegal activity for the aquarium trade overseas, which was reportedly worth a lot of money.

He said this puts the Solomon Islands tuna industry at risk.

In Honiara hotels, lobbying for a new government begins

This follows the opposition's defeat of prime minister Manasseh Sogavare in Monday's vote of no-confidence.

The group which successfully moved the motion of no-confidence is basing its lobbying at the Honiara hotel.

Meanwhile the rump of Mr Sogavare's former government is based at the Heritage Park Hotel.

A member of this group, the MP for Nggela Bartholomew Parapalo, said they were not out of the race.

Solomons' PM ousted in no-confidence vote

Mr Sogavare lost the vote 27 to 23.

Yesterday's vote in Honiara was triggered by a series of defections from Mr Sogavare's coalition government late last month.

The vote followed an arduous debate that stretched over six hours.

Supporters of the motion said MPs had lost confidence in the prime minister because he was not listening to them any more, while development was stalling around the country.

Mr Sogavare's supporters urged MPs to let him finish the final ten months of his four-year term in office.

Dolphins rescued from captivity in Solomons

Police also arrested 14 suspects from around Western Province.

RNZI reports they are alleged to have been operating a ring that illegally trapped the dolphins for export.

The Western province police commander, Mathias Lenialu, said his team released 20 dolphins and confiscated a number of traps.

Dolphin trapping, while illegal, is not uncommon in Western Province, where there have been disputes over it for years.

     

Solomons opposition accuses govt of bribery

The government of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is facing a vote of no confidence in parliament next week, after a series of defections from the government.

Mr Sogavare on Thursday announced moves to consolidate his coalition government, announcing eight new ministers.

But in a statement, the opposition group said that consolidation had included attempts at bribery.

It accuses the forestry minister Bradley Tovosia of trying to bribe MP Alfred Ghiro with cash and the fisheries portfolio, which he rejected.

     

NZ and Aus assist with water for volcano-affected in Temotu

Tinakula volcano in the country's remote Temotu province had what local disaster officials describe as a minor eruption eleven days ago.

On some nearby islands, including in the Reef group, significant volcanic ashfall covered crops and contaminated water supplies.

According to Australia's High Commission in Solomon Islands, an estimated 11,500 people's primary water sources such as tanks, wells and ground water were contaminated.

Solomon Islands government reclaims blue boats

Fisheries Acting Permanent Secretary Feral Lasi confirmed to the Solomon Star on Wednesday the blue boats are now under government custody.

“….yes the boats are now taken back from Iona Firi after they failed to meet the requirements in the MoU,” Lasi said.

“State will now decide for its destruction site,” he added.

He further revealed that since last week, they consulted Taroniara shipyard group for their possible rate to dispose off the boats.

People living on coconuts after Solomons eruption

The Tinakula volcano in the country's easternmost Temotu Province began erupting on Saturday spewing ash over the Reef Islands in the Santa Cruz group.

A volunteer disaster worker in the provincial capital Lata, Jones Harara, said the volcano continued to spew ash and lava.

Mr Harara said people in Lata could hear the eruptions 20 kilometres away.

He said those directly affected by the ashfall were in urgent need of relief support.