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 since July 2012.”

—Bob Makin

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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 »


Humanitarian response rolls out to support evacuees amid reports food supplies running out

 

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Ambae volcano crisis: unprecedented mass evacuation facing difficulties

These satellite images, taken 19 August (top) and 29 September (bottom) show the rapid growth of the Manaro Voui volcanic cone. Photo: via Twitter/@planetlabs

These satellite images, taken 19 August (top) and 29 September (bottom) show the rapid growth of the Manaro Voui volcanic cone. Photo: via Twitter/@planetlabs

Awareness sessions have been taking place across Ambae to discuss how the evacuation of Ambae’s 11,000+ people —4% of Vanuatu’s total population– will Read the rest of this entry »


New Zealand Air Force survey flight gathers valuable data on Ambae volcano

Infrared video shows the crater at Manaro Voui spewing ash and lava. Photo: RNZAF

Infrared video shows the crater at Manaro Voui spewing ash and lava. Photo: RNZAF

A P-K2 Orion aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Airforce yesterday surveyed the Ambae volcano, in addition to the two other volcanoes that are also Read the rest of this entry »