Chinese naval vessels to make goodwill visit during Independence celebrations

File photo of a PLA Navy frigate. Photo: US Navy

File photo of a PLA Navy frigate. Photo: US Navy

Chinese warships will visit Vanuatu to mark 35 years of the Vanuatu/China relationship on July 30. Acting Prime Minister Ham Lini paid tribute to the China’s recognition of Vanuatu’s right to independence, free from the “colonial yoke”. China’s Vice Foreign Minister Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu’s first adoption law will put childrens’ interests first, says Justice Minister

File image of a newborn baby sleeping in a Vanuatu hospital. Photo: Connor Ashleigh/DFAT

File image of a newborn baby sleeping in a Vanuatu hospital. Photo: Connor Ashleigh/DFAT

Justice Minister Warsal has initiated the drafting of Vanuatu’s first adoption law. “We need a law which suits the local context and addresses the real interests of our children”, Minister Warsal told VBTC News today. The new Bill will likely be debated in November.

Vanuatu does not currently have its own specific legislation covering adoption, and currently uses the UK’s Adoption Act of 1958. And Vanuatu is not a signatory to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Read the rest of this entry »


Govt announces list of legislation to be debated at first 2017 sitting of Parliament

Vanuatu Parliament

Parliament meets in a fortnight, on Thursday 1 June. This will be the first ordinary sitting for 2017. Nine government Bills are will be debated, including Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu National Council of Women celebrates 37 years

Participants at last night's 'Reclaim the Night' march marking VNCW's 37th birthday. Photo: Australian High Commission/Facebook

Participants at last night’s ‘Reclaim the Night’ march marking VNCW’s 37th birthday. Photo: Australian High Commission/Facebook

What a glorious occasion: the 37th anniversary of the Vanuatu National Council of Women demonstrating a unity that men have sought but never found. Present were women from Read the rest of this entry »


Disaster relief supplies start arriving in cyclone-ravaged Torres islands

Wind and salt damaged trees on Hiu island, pictured today from a helicopter. Photo: Hon. Ralph Regenvanu MP

Wind and salt damaged trees on Hiu island, pictured from a helicopter supplying relief supplies. Photo: Hon. Ralph Regenvanu MP

The Torres islands has begun receiving disaster relief supplies following the passage of Cyclone Donna. There is an emergency operations centre now open at Loh Island coordinating distribution. Over the weekend a helicopter delivered the first necessities to all the islands and the vessel Pacific Hope is now distributing water, sanitation and health (WASH) items for improved hygiene. There have been reports of illnesses like Read the rest of this entry »


NASA analysis shows more than 624mm of rain fell on northern islands during Cyclone Donna

The video above from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shows rainfall during Cyclone Donna as it crossed northern Vanuatu between May 2 and May 10. Extreme rainfall exceeding 624mm is shown in purple. Aerial reconnaissance has revealed damage to villages, buildings and crops in the Torres and Banks islands from cyclonic winds, extreme rainfall and storm surges.

At last: the agreement to start the Bauerfield runway works has been signed by  Read the rest of this entry »


South African High Commissioner’s visit highlights links, shared values

South Africa's flag looks somewhat familiar…

Seeing double: South Africa’s flag looks somewhat familiar…

A visit from the South African High Commissioner has enabled the distinguished visitor to recall some of the events of the two countries which were to a degree in parallel just before our Independence. These, of course were the Read the rest of this entry »