Happy Constitution Day! Plus–Air Zealand clears Airbus A320s to land; Solomon Islands PM Sogavare on official visit

Kava ceremony at the Vanuatu Constitution signing ceremony, on this day in 1979

Kava ceremony at the Vanuatu Constitution signing ceremony, on this day in 1979

Happy Constitution Day, Vanuatu! President Baldwin Lonsdale has just addressed those attending the annual celebration, reminding them of the necessity of following the Mama Law of Vanuatu which has seen many infringements in the last 12 months by persons elected to represent us. The ceremony takes place in the small square in front of the Port Vila Market where the original document was signed in 1979 (as shown in the image above).

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Next phase of Bauerfield International Airport upgrade to be revealed this Friday

Port Vila's Bauerfield international airport

Phase two of the planned expansion and upgrade announced on Friday: Port Vila’s Bauerfield international airport from the air

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Stable government needed to secure airport infrastructure development, says Natuman

Deputy PM Natuman inspects the newly resurfaced Bauerfield runway earlier this week with PM Salwai, Minister for Infrastructure Napat. Photo: Philippe Metois/VPMU

Deputy PM Natuman inspects the newly resurfaced Bauerfield runway earlier this week with PM Salwai, Minister for Infrastructure Napat and colleagues from the tourism and aviation industry. Photo: Philippe Metois/VPMU

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Virgin Australia to resume flying to Port Vila from May 23; Vanuatu to host Forum Fisheries Agency ministerial meeting this July

Virgin Australia resumes Port Vila route

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Maximum sentences increased to life for some serious crimes; work begins on Bauerfield airport second phase

One of Port Vila's correctional centres. Photo: Flickr/mikecogh

One of Port Vila’s correctional centres. Photo: Flickr/mikecogh

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GJP gains additional seat in parliament after recount; Air New Zealand not acting in good faith, says Vanuatu Govt

Graon mo Jastis Party's Gillion William: elected to Efate Rural on recount

Graon mo Jastis Party’s Gillion William: elected MP for Rural Efate following recount

Graon mo Jastis Pati now has another seat in Parliament bringing their total to seven. The court-ordered recount for the 2016 General Election results for the rural Efate constituency placed Gillion William three votes ahead of Nato Taiwia of the Melanesian Progressive Party. A Government Gazette issued this morning announced Gillion William as the winner of the Efate constituency which had previously been awarded to Taiwia. Gillion William will be sworn in in the next sitting of Parliament.

Vanuatu Government refused an Air New Zealand charter flight scheduled for April 28 for taking RSE workers in and out of the country. Minister Jotham Napat says the Government questions why Air New Zealand’s refuses to reinstate its Auckland-Vila service, citing concerns with the runway —yet has no apparent concerns to operate a charter flight carrying ni-Vanuatu workers.” “The question must be asked”, says Minister of Public Utilities and Infrastructure Jotham Napat, “why are they willing to operate a profitable charter flight, yet not commit to resuming commercial services?”

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March planned to support West Papua’s full membership of MSG; Virgin Australia likely to resume Port Vila flights

West Papuans in Jayapura yesterday protesting for full membership of MSG. Photo: Tabloid Jubi

Soon to be joined by protests in Port Vila: West Papuans in Jayapura yesterday protesting for full membership of MSG. Photo: Tabloid Jubi

Friday 29 April will see a demonstration march through town, from Fatumauru Bay to the MSG Secretariat at Independence Park. It will be a civil society event, Chairman of the West Papua Assn., Pastor Allan Nafuki, told Daily Post. The peaceful demonstration is to demand the MSG Leaders give full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to the people of West Papua in the Leaders’ summit planned for 3rd May here, hosted by the Vanuatu Government. This follows mass demonstrations in cities and towns across West Papua in support of West Papua’s full membership of MSG, and in opposition to Indonesia’s attempts through Fiji and PNG to gain membership.

The people of West Papua want full membership of MSG. Photo: Supplied

Some of the protestors in Jayapura yesterday. Photo: Supplied

This banner at yesterday's Jayapura protest makes the West Papuan's demands clear. Photo: Tabloid Jubi

This banner at yesterday’s Jayapura protest makes the West Papuan’s demands clear. Photo: Tabloid Jubi

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