Au revoir from Bob Makin

Bob Makin

An announcement from Vanuatu Digest’s main contributor Bob Makin:

“I am finishing up here until further notice.”

“My future plans with Vanuatu Digest are on hold owing to temporary or more permanent relocation. I know that the Vanuatu Digest is appreciated by those who love Vanuatu and I regret having to end my involvement for that reason more than any other. Thank you for having stayed with us until now.”

“Thank you for having stayed with us since July 2012.”

—Bob Makin

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Vanuatu Rugby League rallies behind star player as he fights cancer

Vanuatu Rugby League star Jason Pakoasongi – maintaining a brave face. Photo: VRL

Vanuatu Rugby League player Jason Pakoasongi – maintaining a brave face. Photo: VRL

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Vanuatu’s hidden stats: small-scale fisheries’ catch 200% higher than reported

Vanuatu small-scale fishers. File photo: Louisa Cass/Wikimedia CC

Vanuatu small-scale fishers. File photo: Louisa Cass/Wikimedia CC

Vanuatu’s small-scale fisheries’ catch is over 200 per cent higher than the numbers reported between 1950 and 2014 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on behalf of the country.

According to a new study by the Sea Around Us and several French and Vanuatu scientists, almost eight out of 10 residents of the archipelagic country are involved in at least one form of fishing and most of what truly local fisheries catch goes to their own household consumption.

Over the last few years, subsistence fisheries caught approximately Read the rest of this entry »


Sik Plastik long Solwota 2017 – new art exhibition opening tomorrow

Elsa Ariki modelling her plastik fashion with artwork 'Slippery Fis'

Elsa Ariki modelling her plastik fashion with artwork ‘Slippery Fis’

A new art exhibition with an environmental theme, Sik Plastik long Solwota 2017, open tomorrow 11th October at 5pm at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery, Pango Road, Port Vila.

Now in its second year, the exhibition is a creative and informative artist/community response to addressing the impact of waste, particularly plastics, on our Read the rest of this entry »


Questions raised about savings and loan scheme promising 50% interest rate

Reserve Bank of Vanuatu building, Port Vila. Photo: © Vanuatu Digest

Vanuatu’s financial regulator (the Reserve Bank) may finally be looking into the affairs of Read the rest of this entry »


PM cancels overseas meeting to meet with Ambae evacuees on three islands

PM Charlot Salwai in Santo to meet Ambae evacuees.

PM Charlot Salwai in Santo to meet Ambae evacuees this week.

PM Charlot Salwai decided to stay back from overseas commitments he planned to attend early this week to enable visits to the Ambae evacuees on Maewo, Santo and Pentecost. These visits were Read the rest of this entry »


Ambae exodus now complete; community-led response assisting displaced people around Vanuatu

People displaced by the Manaro Voui eruption need your help. Photo: Santo Ambae Disaster Support Community

People displaced by the Manaro Voui eruption need your help. Photo: Santo Ambae Disaster Support Community

Ambae is now empty of people. The island’s population Read the rest of this entry »