Vanuatu

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.

Questions raised on the allocation of Pacific Investment Facility

Thu 26 Jun 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Questions have been raised on how the 10 million Euros allocated for the Pacific Investment Facility administered by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has been used. The facility available since 2012 is funded through the European Development Fund (EDF) that is allocated every five years for ...

Vanuatu's new PM facing confidence question

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Mon 19 May 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Reports from Vanuatu indicate moves are underway to organise a motion of no-confidence against the new Prime Minister Joe Natuman.

Natuman names cabinet line-up

Fri 16 May 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- In a move showing a political wisdom and maturity, the election of veteran politician and nationally respected Joe Natuman will be hailed as a political achievement for the young Melanesian nation, according to the Vanuatu Daily News Digest.

Vanuatu's new PM to review former Govt policies

Fri 16 May 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Joe Natuman has been elected by Parliament as Vanuatu's new Prime Minister.

Joe Natuman is Vanuatu’s new Prime Minister

Thu 15 May 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu --- Joe Natuman has been elected Vanuatu's new Prime Minister.

April 2014

Deadly Lusi claims 11 lives in Vanuatu

Tony Wilson

Vanuatu is still reeling from monster cyclone Lusi that took at least eleven lives and caused millions of dollars in damage to gardens and properties early March. Yet in this rare instance, the cyclonic winds were not the central villain in the plot. Cyclone Lusi was first noticed as a ...

Joining efforts for integrated sustainable land and coastal management in Vanuatu

Tue 08 Apr 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu ---- The Government of Vanuatu, with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has allocated funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the implementation of the Integrated Sustainable Land and Coastal Management (ISLCM) project in the country.

Poverty in our own backyard

Fri 04 Apr 2014 -

Samoan-Kiwi comedian Oscar Kightley travelled to Vanuatu with World Vision to see how the other half lives. Writing exclusively for the Weekend Herald, he describes the hardship and hope he found there.

SPC and Vanuatu reaffirm their relationship

Fri 04 Apr 2014 -

PORT VILA, Vanuatu -----Dr Colin Tukuitonga, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), together with Moses Amos, Director of SPC’s Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystem Division paid a courtesy visit to Honourable Edward Nipake Natapei, Deputy prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade on Tuesday ...