By Alfred Sasako
A director of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), Harry Rini died in Honiara yesterday morning, apparently from a heart attack.
Harry is survived by his wife, Ellen and three children.
Harry and his wife were taking a morning walk from their West Honiara home when he collapsed.
Rini is said to be related to former Finance Minister, Snyder Rini as well as former Prime Minister Danny Philip.
Relatives said Harry and his wife were taking a morning walk from their Mbuburu house in West Honiara when he collapsed.
He was rushed to the National Referral Hospital, but efforts to revive him failed.
An engineer by trade, Harry was in charge of the MID Committee responsible for vetting infrastructure projects being put on public tender.
Its recommendations are then sent to the Central Tender Board (CTB) for a final decision and award of contracts.
Harry was also involved in helping vet applications for grants under the controversial shipping grants. It is understood funeral arrangements are being made but it is not clear whether his body would be taken to Ughele, Western province where he was from.