How do you prepare for a monster storm?

Samisoni Pareti - Group Editor-in-Chief, Islands Business
Wed 08 Apr 2015 -

*In probing ‘Are We Ready?’ in our November 2014 cover, we went onto pose a pertinent question in the cover story, ‘Should the Pacific Island Countries be satisfied with the “fire engine” and “ambulance” approach to post-natural disasters/hazards in the region, or should they also begin serious discussion with donors ...

UN defends Vanuatu's response to Pam

Tue 07 Apr 2015 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The leader of the United Nations Disaster Assessment Coordination team in Vanuatu says criticism of the government's aid response to Cyclone Pam is unfounded.

Vanuatu: A brave nation responds to the storm

*Colin Collett van Rooyen
Tue 07 Apr 2015 -

As they respond to the effects of severe tropical cyclone Pam, residents of the small but amazing island nation of Vanuatu are showing the world how to cope with adversity. Pam has been described widely as a ‘monster cyclone’. The system, one of the strongest ever to make landfall, packed ...

March 2015

Economy hit by taxman, depres sed markets, weaker Vatu

Tony Wilson

IN addition to taxation issues for local breweries, there is also growing concern among Vanuatu businesses about the impact of the country’s Industrial Development Act, which came into force last year. The Act covers almost 50 local manufacturers and is meant to ‘facilitate and support the growth of sustainable and ...

High taxes force brewery relocation

Tony Wilson

ICONIC Vanuatu national brewer, Tusker, and a second brewery are threatening to relocate offshore because of what they say are crippling government taxes. The threats have added to a feeling of economic doom and gloom following the announcement that the Westpac Bank will cease to operate in Vanuatu by the ...

February 2015

Business & Vila Bliss

Mere Tuqiri

PRESCRIBED by the doctor – Must grab at least one day off your business schedule for R&R when in the island-style urbane and compact South Pacific town of Port Vila in Vanuatu. You would be negligent not to adhere to sound advice aimed at restoring your sanity and overall wellness. ...

Papuans to ask for MSG membership

Tue 27 Jan 2015 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The West Papua National Liberation Front will submit its application for West Papua to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group by the end of the next week.

Fijian Foreign Affairs Minister attend MSG Foreign Ministers’ meeting

Mon 26 Jan 2015 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- Fijian Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola last week attended the Melanesian Spearheaded Group (MSG) Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu to Host Regional Trade Negotiation

Thu 22 Jan 2015 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- Pacific Island Country trade officials will meet in Vanuatu to negotiate a new comprehensive regional trade agreement that will deepen economic links in the Pacific.

Speculation over changes in Fiji and the Pacific’s banking sector

Dennis Rounds and Samisoni Pareti
Mon 19 Jan 2015 -

Fiji’s business sector is abuzz with speculations about possible major changes on the local and Pacific regional banking scenes.

January 2015

Vanuatu seeks political stability

Tony Wilson

THE one thing Vanuatu craves and needs the most – political stability – failed to materialise again in 2014. Any review of 2014 and a subsequent look forward for 2015 hits the same major stumbling block which is that no government has been able to last in power much beyond ...

December 2014

Model charity saves lives

Tony Wilson

Ory Covo’s story is only one of dozens of people whose lives have been literally saved by the professionalism and dedication of the ProMedical paramedics and support staff. Out on his bike on a road outside Port Vila on November 29, 2013, Ory was badly injured when his bike collided ...

Fiji joins body on Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery

Samisoni Pareti in Apia, Samoa.
Thu 04 Dec 2014 -

Fiji has become the 3rd South Pacific island country to join the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

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 ...