Shelter, food and water in short supply for Ambae volcano evacuees

Evacuees recently disembarked from a landing vessel line the shore at Waluriki, north Ambae island yesterday. Photo: John Metojoe/Facebook

Evacuees recently disembarked from a landing vessel line the shore at Waluriki, north Ambae island yesterday. Photo: John Metojoe/Facebook

The Vanuatu Government has released Vt 200 million for the Read the rest of this entry »

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Ambae volcano: Vanuatu Government declares State of Emergency

Ambae's Manaro Voui volcano erupts last weekend. Photo: Supplied

The Vanuatu Government’s Council of Ministers has declared a State of Emergency on Ambae island, allowing Read the rest of this entry »


70% of Ambae’s population forced to evacuate following volcanic eruption

Photo taken on Ambae yesterday showing the Manaro Voui volcano erupting. Photo: Facebook

Photo taken on Ambae yesterday showing the Manaro Voui volcano erupting. Photo: Facebook

Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae is erupting, and the Penama provincial government council and National Disaster Management Office is currently in the process of evacuating 8,000 Read the rest of this entry »


1,184 Vanuatu farmers achieve accreditation as organic producers

Farmers and officials launch the Organic certification logo for Vanuatu registered farmers on Tanna. Photo: Donald Wouleseje

Farmers and officials launch the Organic certification logo for Vanuatu registered farmers on Tanna. Photo: Donald Wouleseje

Vanuatu has 1,184 organic farmers accredited by the Vanuatu Organic Farmers’ Committee—on Tanna, Santo and Efate. Chairman of the committee, Benuel Tarilongi, said they are working with the Syndicat Agricole to manage the organic certifications according to the requirements of the European Union/Pacific Community (SPC) Organic Pasifika certification. Tarilongi made the announcement of the first certification ceremony at Lenakel, Tanna. The Pacific Ethical Trade Committee was represented at the meeting. Tarilongi explained that farmers must not have used pesticides or fertilizers during the preceding three-year period. Vanuatu farmers do not generally use chemicals in their gardens. Read the rest of this entry »


Defection of Government MPs to Opposition prompted by MP salary increase proposal

Vanuatu Parliament chamber

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US Navy deploys in Vanuatu waters as part of regional maritime law enforcement push

Commanding officer of USS Rushmore Cmdr. John Ryan speaks to guests during a ship tour, while anchored in Port Vila harbour. The vessel is deployed in support of the Oceana Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a US program supporting maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann

Commanding officer of USS Rushmore Cmdr. John Ryan speaks to guests during a ship tour, while anchored in Port Vila harbour this week. The vessel is deployed as part of the Oceana Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a US program supporting maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kryzentia Weiermann

The USS Rushmore, a United States amphibious dock landing ship, disembarked maritime law enforcement personnel last week and provided tours of the ship for invited Port Vila guests. The commanding officer said personnel are assisting regional maritime security enhancement “and keeping the sea lanes open for the benefit of all.”

The annual conference of Melanesian Indigenous Land Defence Alliance (MILDA) has rejected any Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu and France to hold border talks

Bathymetric map showing the boundary of the New Hebrides tectonic plate and the Australian plate. Matthew and Hunter sit on the New Hebrides plate, while New Caledonia sits on the Australian plate.

Bathymetric map showing the boundary of the New Hebrides tectonic plate and the Australian plate. Matthew and Hunter sit on the New Hebrides plate, while New Caledonia sits on the Australian plate.

Hunter Island

Hunter Island

The big outstanding issue with France — Matthew and Hunter Islands — is soon to be the subject of discussion in border talks which will take place at the Forum Fisheries Agency in Honiara. PM Charlot Salwai revealed this after the PM had held discussions with the French Minister of Overseas Territories, Annick Girardin, in Apia at the Pacific Islands Forum Leader’s meeting earlier this month. The border talks will be held in October. Vanuatu requires that the Ocean Policy covering climate and other issues be consulted as regional issues. Despite this, France and Fiji have already signed a border treaty without Vanuatu. Such a treaty will also be necessary between Fiji and Vanuatu.

Matthew Island

Matthew Island

PM Salwai pointed out that France was aware of Vanuatu’s Independence from 1980, and he said that Vanuatu should have been consulted when Fiji and France signed their border agreement. “This is why Vanuatu continues to dispute France’s claims and the treaty with Fiji. There are geographical reasons, cultural and traditional reasons it has in line with Melanesian spirit, Melanesian culture. We have the word of the Kanaks and senators of New Caledonia who expressed support for our positions last year”, said the Prime Minister. He mentioned two times this year when his government had taken up the issue with Paris — in January — and at MSG meetings. PM Salwai hoped the issue could be broached in this year’s United Nations General Assembly beginning in a few days.

The Supreme Court has dismissed a claim by Read the rest of this entry »