Solomon Islands

Solomons pulls out of Tokelau Arrangement on albacore

The non-binding agreement between Forum Fisheries Agency member states was signed in 2014 with the aim of preserving tuna stocks in the region.

The decision by Solomon Islands was announced today at a meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in the Philippines.

Ferral Lasi of the Solomons' Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources told the Solomon Star the deal was rejected because it stood in the way of the country's fisheries development.

Solomons govt committed to West Papua issue, says Mote

The Movement's secretary general Octo Mote last week travelled to Honiara to meet the new Solomons prime minister Rick Hou.

Rick Hou replaced Manasseh Sogavare after a vote of no-confidence, although Mr Sogavare is now deputy prime minister.

Mr Sogavare had championed the push for greater recognition of Papuan self-determination and human rights on the world stage.

After meeting Mr Hou, Mr Mote said the Solomons will continue to allocate the same level of resources to advancing the issue.

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.