Fancy a Punt Across the Mataniko River?

Life in Honiara – never a dull moment… and full of resourceful people!

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The impact of the April flooding is still easily visible around the China Town area in Honiara.  The old China Town bridge, which was washed away in the disaster, has left quite a hole in the Honiara landscape. As well as being a beautiful old bridge, it served the community with the flow of pedestrian traffic in addition to the cars.

As often in Solomon Islands, where there is a problem, there is generally also an entrepreneurial person, using their initiative to create a (temporary) solution. This is certainly the case across the Mataniko River. Where the bridge used to be, ropes have been tied to each side. Boats, or large polystyrene blocks, are being used to ferry the passengers across the water, with someone pulling the vehicle along using the rope. The ‘drivers’ are wearing gloves to ensure their hands are not damaged during each trip.  Large poles are also…

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