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 »


Latest official advice says Ambae eruption is stabilising; island’s water supplies made toxic by volcanic ash

Video still taken of the Manaro Voui volcano, 1 Octover 2017. Photo: Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department

Video still taken of the Manaro Voui volcano crater lake, 1 October 2017. Photo: Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department

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Hao nao Tagaro i mekem Ambae – the kastom story of how Ambae was made

Ambae and red mat

This is a segment of a long story that explains the formation of Ambae told by Vanuatu Cultural Centre fieldworker James Ngwero, from the Ndui Ndui area of West Ambae. Tagaro is the deity traditionally considered to be responsible for creating the island of Ambae. The story is taken from the Vanuatu National History Curriculum textbook Histri blong Yumi long Vanuatu (Volume 1, p. 3).

Ambae aelan long fastaem hem i ston nomo. Nao Tagaro i sanem tufala man i kam daon i talem long tufala se, “Yutufala i go daon. Yu lukluk long ples daon.” Tufala man ia nem blong tufala i Vavarai Aho wetem Ngwera Kandiri. Taem tufala i kam daon i luk, be olgeta ples i ston nomo.

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Ambae volcano’s crater lakes make it a serious threat to Vanuatu

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Breaking news: Vanuatu Govt orders evacuation of entire 11,100 population of Ambae

Breaking: the Vanuatu Government’s Council of Ministers has ordered the mass evacuation of the entire population of Ambae – approximately Read the rest of this entry »