Two years on from Cyclone Pam, local band DropVkal Family sends musical message – climate change is ‘Dangerous’

Vanuatu band DropVkal Family is known for its incisive social messages as much as it is for its hard-edged roots-rock-reggae fusion sound – and their latest track, ‘Dangerous’, released to mark the second anniversary of Cyclone Pam, is no exception.

The band’s musical vision is to promote vernacular languages and give an alternative to the mainstream reggae sound popular in Vanuatu. They perform regularly at bars and restaurants around Port Vila, playing Saturday nights at the Saloon Bar, and Sunday afternoons at the Beach Bar at Mele. They are also available to play special events.

“We’re a group of friends from different islands of Vanuatu that have come together because of our love of music, and our interest in contributing to the development of Vanuatu and its special local culture”, says Read the rest of this entry »


Partnership with China’s HNA Tourism Group to boost tourism numbers from China, says Govt

Vanuatu Government and HNA Tourism signs strategic partnership. Photo: supplied

Vanuatu Government representatives including PM Salwai and FM Leingkon and HNA Tourism Group sign the strategic partnership yesterday. Photo: supplied

Yesterday we reported PM Salwai signing a Strategic Operation Agreement with a Chinese tourism group. This relationship is said to be Read the rest of this entry »


President Lonsdale pays tribute to stabilising role of nation’s chiefs

President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: supplied

File picture of President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: Supplied

President Baldwin Lonsdale paid a tribute to the chiefs of Vanuatu concerning the way in which chiefs live together with their people enabling peace and unity to prevail. This ensures stability of the nation, he said. The Head of State was visiting villages on Malekula, but unable to visit south-eastern and southern communities as he had wished, owing to bad weather. He was impressed that a number of chiefs Read the rest of this entry »


Australia gives Vt 275 million to Govt for post-Cyclone Pam rebuilding

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Johnny Koanapo and Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu Jeremy Bruer sign the new agreement to rebuild public buildings damaged by Cyclone Pam. Photo: Supplied

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Johnny Koanapo and Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu Jeremy Bruer sign the new agreement to rebuild public buildings damaged by Cyclone Pam. Photo: Supplied

Australia has provided additional finance of $A3.5 million (Vt 275 million) for assistance to Vanuatu for recovery towards growth following Cyclone Pam. Australian High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer and Parliamentary Secretary MP Johnny Koanapo yesterday signed an agreement for the repair of 31 public buildings in Read the rest of this entry »


Vt 21 million missing from EU-funded energy project on Ambae

European Union flag. Photo: Håkan Dahlström/Flickr Creative Commons

Daily Post‘s page 1 headline today: “Investigation Demanded… Ambae EU aid project scandal gets attention of Euro-MPs”. Vt 21 million of the funds for the the EU-ACP Copra Oil Energy Generation Project on Ambae have allegedly been embezzled or mis-spent. Read the rest of this entry »


Melanesian solidarity scores big win with Vanuatu-Solomon Islands border treaty

PM Salwai and Solomon Islands PM Sogavare at the maritime boundary treaty ceremony in Mota Lava last week. Photo: Solomon Islands Govt

PM Salwai and Solomon Islands PM Sogavare at the maritime boundary treaty ceremony in Mota Lava last week. Photo: Solomon Islands Govt

The efforts to create a Melanesian style border treaty with Solomon Islands are described as historic. “Melanesian solidarity” is certainly visible. Head of State Baldwin Lonsdale was at Motalava for the event and for a Temotu–Torba cultural festival heralding the much greater exchange of goods and ideas expected between the two provinces. Prime Ministers Sogavare and Salwai each led delegations to a natangura faréa where the border document was signed. Solomon Islands PM Sogavare will be assisting Vanuatu with border questions for Vanuatu relative to Fiji and New Caledonia. The ceremony took place with background music of the bamboo bands so common in both Banks and Temotu cultures. Solomon Islanders from the Santa Cruz Group have for a long time sought to come to Vanuatu to work in Luganville where the wages were always greater than in Honiara and the distance needing to be travelled to home shorter. However, it is not yet known if immigration procedures are going to be changed with the new border treaty. (Daily Post) Read the rest of this entry »


New border treaty signed with Solomon Islands; PM thanks NZ for post-Cyclone Pam assistance

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President Baldwin Lonsdale, Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai and Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare are travelling to the Banks Islands today to sign the historical new border treaty with Solomon Islands. The leaders will participate in a cultural festival at Motalava until late today, and Vetande Island is being declared a cultural marine park. Negotiations between the two countries for a border agreement began in 1983 and are being completed according to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is the first such agreement for Vanuatu and similar future boundary decisions are Read the rest of this entry »