China opens new embassy in Port Vila to mark 35 years of diplomatic relations

China's new embassy in Pango, Port Vila. Photo: © vanuatudigest.com

China’s new embassy in Nambatri, Port Vila. Photo: © vanuatudigest.com

A new Chinese Embassy building has opened at Nambatri. Ambassador Liu Quan and Prime Minister Charlot Salwai unveiled a plaque at the vast premises on Tuesday marking the opening of the landmark building we all have been watching grow in Vila. It cements the 35th anniversary of Read the rest of this entry »


Law requires election of new President by July 3, says Electoral Commission

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The election of a new President will take place on July 3. Nominations are expected by close of business next Wednesday. The Electoral College comprises the 52 Members of Parliament, Presidents of the six Local Government Councils and the leaders of the three municipalities.

The Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Martin Tete, has made a singular effort to advise the general public on the need for the quick calling of the election to choose a new President. The laws involved require Read the rest of this entry »


President Lonsdale farewelled on streets of Port Vila—and around the world

Throngs of mourners turn out on Port Vila's main street to farewell President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post

Throngs of mourners turn out on Port Vila’s main street to farewell President Baldwin Lonsdale. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post

Motlap chiefs from President Lonsdale's home island of Motalava pay their respects to his casket. Photo: Holy Bule/Facebook

Motlap chiefs from President Lonsdale’s home island of Motalava pay their respects to his casket. Photo: Holy Bule/Facebook

President Lonsdale's casket is carried by Vanuatu Mobile Force members to a plane for his final journey home to Motalava. Photo: Twitter/@raetlomi

President Lonsdale’s casket is carried by Vanuatu Mobile Force members to a plane for his final journey home to Motalava. Photo: Twitter/@raetlomi

The Heads of States of Australia, Fiji and New Zealand came in person to farewell President Lonsdale. The passing of Vanuatu’s Head of State has also been marked around the world over the last few days. Here’s just a few examples:

In Sydney, Australia:

In Perth, Australia: Read the rest of this entry »


Chinese naval vessels to make goodwill visit during Independence celebrations

File photo of a PLA Navy frigate. Photo: US Navy

File photo of a PLA Navy frigate. Photo: US Navy

Chinese warships will visit Vanuatu to mark 35 years of the Vanuatu/China relationship on July 30. Acting Prime Minister Ham Lini paid tribute to the China’s recognition of Vanuatu’s right to independence, free from the “colonial yoke”. China’s Vice Foreign Minister Read the rest of this entry »


South African High Commissioner’s visit highlights links, shared values

South Africa's flag looks somewhat familiar…

Seeing double: South Africa’s flag looks somewhat familiar…

A visit from the South African High Commissioner has enabled the distinguished visitor to recall some of the events of the two countries which were to a degree in parallel just before our Independence. These, of course were the Read the rest of this entry »


Settlements receive sanitation upgrade from Port Vila Urban Development Project

One of Port Vila's many informal settlements – a symptom of lack of urban planning at all levels of government. Photo: IOM

The Port Vila Urban Development Project (PVUDP) is improving the hygiene and sanitation of urban settlements. Settlements include the Seaside communities — Futuna, Paama and Tongoa, Tokyo Buninga plus peri-urban Ohlen Nabanga, Mele Waisisi and Blacksands Tongariki. The Vanuatu and Australian governments, the ADB are assisting, as are the people of the areas concerned who have done a lot to remove unwanted refuse and materials. Thirty-three junk collection trips have been made to the Bouffa waste site.

It appears there have been moves to unseat the CEO of the VAN2017 regional Mini Games, Clint Flood. Flood had his Read the rest of this entry »


France submits proposal on Matthew and Hunter islands dispute

Hunter Island. Photo: Wikipedia/Bela34

Hunter Island. Photo: Wikipedia/Bela34

France has recently submitted a proposal for boundary negotiations with Vanuatu. And it adds that “this comes amid signs of a change in the way a long-running boundary dispute between Vanuatu and New Caledonia is negotiated. Vanuatu’s government is reviewing the new French proposal on boundary negotiations.” However, says Johnny Blades of RNZI, Vanuatu remains tight-lipped about whether this advanced protracted negotiation over the tiny islets of Matthew and Hunter. As we all know the two volcanic islets will increase the Exclusive Economic Zone of the country which wins them.

The provincial elections were considered unfair, claim Opposition politicians because Read the rest of this entry »