Prime Minister Salwai’s statement on the first anniversary of Cyclone Pam

Villagers from Happy Land, Erromango, carry high energy biscuits and supplies back to their homes after a delivery of humanitarian aid by Australian troops following Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Photo: ADF

The Vanuatu Government’s response to Cyclone Pam began immediately following the disaster and will continue for the next 18 months. The first phase of the response was Read the rest of this entry »

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Vanuatu one year after Pam: we need to talk about cyclones

A father and daughter stand in the wreckage of their home after Cyclone Pam. Photo: Unicef/Further Arts

A ni-Vanuatu father and daughter stand in the wreckage of their home after Cyclone Pam. Photo: UNICEF/Further Arts

By Karen Allen

Something is seriously wrong in the Pacific.

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How did Vanuatu, reliant on tourism, fail to maintain its main international runway?

Port Vila's Bauerfield international airport

Port Vila’s Bauerfield international airport: why has it taken so long to fix?

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Standing up to be counted: Women of Vanuatu demanding their place in the political life of the nation

Too often disenfranchised by culture… women voters during Vanuatu's 2016 General Election. Photo: Commonwealth Secretariat

Disenfranchised by culture… women voters during Vanuatu’s 2016 General Election. Photo: Commonwealth Secretariat

“Respect”, as Father Walter Lini famously said, “is honourable”. But despite the enormous social, economic and cultural contributions they make every day, Vanuatu’s women are rarely given the respect they deserve; they continue to be shut out of political life. And yet, as the scandals of the last 12 months have shown, Vanuatu urgently needs better, more representative political leadership. Vanuatu’s full potential can only be realized when it has a gender-balanced leadership that includes, respects and values the enriching perspectives that women bring to political life. Today, on International Womens’ Day, we bring you the powerful story of a Vanuatu woman leader’s journey as she stands up for the right to take part in politics.

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Our art is valuable because it carries tradition, says Vanuatu artist

Artist Simix Simeon at work in the studio

Artist Simix Simeon at work in the studio: Photo: Awis Artists

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Hearing the voice of the people: the 2015 bribery scandal, politics and justice in Vanuatu

The catalyst for political change: The 14 MPs are taken to prison following their convictions in October last year

The catalyst for political change: The 14 MPs are taken to prison after being convicted in October 2015. Photo: TIV

At the recent General Election, the people of Vanuatu demanded an end to business-as-usual in Vanuatu politics, a message acknowledged by new Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, who said this week that “Parliament must hear the voice of the people”. In this article by Miranda Forsyth, we revisit the events of last year and what they might mean for political reform in Vanuatu.

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Not just Bauerfield: dangers in many Pacific airports, says international aviation body

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By Michael Field

An aviation snafu which has seen South Pacific airlines refuse to land at Vanuatu’s main international airport points to serious safety issues across the region, World Bank documents show.

Tonga’s Fuaʻamotu International Airport looks dangerously close to suffering the same fate as Vanuatu’s Bauerfield Airport.

The bank warns international airlines risk legal problems if they knowingly fly into sub-standard airports and most South Pacific airports are in that category.

In a little noticed report, the bank says international airline operators servicing Pacific Island countries were “incurring considerable risk” due to Read the rest of this entry »