Vanuatu

Vanuatu PM in court bid to stop no confidence motions

Mon 24 Nov 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- An opposition MP in Vanuatu says if the government's move to get the opposition leader and 15 of his MPs suspended from Parliament is successful, then it will be unconstitutional and likely be challenged in court.

Vanuatu deputy Prime Minister Jumps into the Sea to Protest Lack of Ambition and Insufficient International Climate Action

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu----In an unprecedented move to highlight his nation’s vulnerability to the impacts of global climate change, the Deputy Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Ham Lini, jumped into the sea accompanied by his most senior director generals and directors.

Vanuatu chiefs hesitant to approve deep sea mining

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---Vanuatu's National Council of Chiefs, Malfatumauri, will not take a position on deep sea mining until after villages around the country have been consulted by the Government.

Vanuatu seeks help with CHOGM 2017

Mon 27 Oct 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---Vanuatu is looking for the European Union to assist as it prepares to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government in 2017.

Vanuatu ponders nickel plant

Tue 30 Sep 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The office of Vanuatu's Prime Minister says investors hoping to build a nickel smelter on Santo have been asked to submit a formal proposal.

Vanuatu PM advises VBTC not to issue any license until law review

Wed 24 Sep 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The office of Prime Minister Joe Natuman has reportedly written to the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) not to issue any new licenses pending review of relevant legislations.

Vanuatu presidential selection process continues

Thu 18 Sep 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ----The process for selection of Vanuatu's next President will continue tomorrow after none of the thirteen candidates vying for the position gained the minimum number of votes.

Vanuatu PM praised for anti-corruption stance

Tue 16 Sep 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Transparency International Vanuatu says it is getting a lot of support in its fight against corruption from the country's Prime Minister, Joe Natuman.

Queensland woman reclaims Vanuatu citizenship on behalf of 'blackbirded' great-grandparents

Mon 15 Sep 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- A Queensland woman has become one of the first Australians to claim dual Vanuatu citizenship on behalf of her ancestors, who had been victims of Australia's colonial labour trade.

September 2014

Airport plans ended, back to square one

Tony Wilson

A RARE unanimous vote by Vanuatu’s MPs to end plans for a new controversial V$350 million (US$3.66m) international airport have refocused attention on the parlous state of Bauerfield International Airport. Plans to resurface Bauerfield’s runways, which are too small for modern passenger jets, have been in limbo while debate raged ...

Vanuatu ready to host West Papua conference

Wed 06 Aug 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ----The newly formed West Papua Unification Committee says more than 50 delegates are expected to arrive in Vanuatu's Port Vila later this month to attend the West Papua conference.

August 2014

Three rapes a week in Vanuatu cause uproar

Tony Wilson

The spectre of rape has clouded the halo of happiness in Vanuatu in recent months and led to robust debate about women’s place in society. Late in June police issued a media release in Port Vila concerned that they were now dealing with up to three rapes in the capital ...

Pacific Aviation Safety Organisation may leave Vanuatu over unpaid fees

Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ----It is being reported in Vanuatu that the Pacific Aviation Safety Organisation (PASO) may move its headquarters out of the country because the government has not been paying its fees.

Vanuatu's PM reflects on country's independence

Wed 30 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---The Vanuatu Prime Minister says the country's Independence Day today is a good time to reflect on how far the nation has come and what needs to be done to make it stronger in the future.

Vanua'aku Pati considers mergers Updated at

Thu 24 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The President of Vanuatu's largest political party says ongoing moves by the Vanua'aku Pati to reconcile with other national parties could pave the way for mergers down the track.

Vanua'aku Pati considers mergers Updated at

Thu 24 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ----The President of Vanuatu's largest political party says ongoing moves by the Vanua'aku Pati to reconcile with other national parties could pave the way for mergers down the track.

Pacific leaders to raise ABC International service cuts with Australia's deputy Prime Minister

Wed 23 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu -----The impact of recently announced cuts to Radio Australia and other international services of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is likely to be raised at a Pacific leaders meeting in Palau next week.

Vanuatu PM warns foreigners against politicking

Mon 21 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Vanuatu prime minister, Joe Natuman, has warned foreign workers against getting involved in local politics.

Vanuatu PM warns foreigners against politicking

Mon 21 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Vanuatu prime minister, Joe Natuman, has warned foreign workers against getting involved in local politics.

Vanuatu PM warns foreigners against politicking

Mon 21 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Vanuatu prime minister, Joe Natuman, has warned foreign workers against getting involved in local politics.

Vanuatu motion of no-confidence support withdrawn

Wed 16 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Support by government MPs for a planned motion of no-confidence by Vanuatu's opposition against the Prime Minister Joe Natuman has been withdrawn.

Vanuatu to host West Papuan reconciliation

Tue 15 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---A Vanuatu Presbyterian pastor has been appointed to head a new committee tasked with organising a conference of West Papuan representative groups in Port Vila next month.

MSG call for free expression for Papuans: Vanuatu PM Natuman

Fri 04 Jul 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Joe Natuman says the onus is on Indonesia to allow West Papuan groups to partake in a more inclusive application to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).

From turtle eggs to hornets, traditional knowledge feeds into resilience plans

Thu 26 Jun 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- From investigating where turtle eggs are buried to how many mangoes are growing in a season, scientists on this southwest Pacific Island are evaluating the accuracy of traditional means of forecasting weather, with the aim of incorporating the most effective ideas into planning to help island ...

Private sector organisations urged to include their issues in the new framework on regionalism

Thu 26 Jun 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says the private sector has an important role to play in the new framework for Pacific Regionalism that is currently being developed.