Govt announces list of legislation to be debated at first 2017 sitting of Parliament

Vanuatu Parliament

Parliament meets in a fortnight, on Thursday 1 June. This will be the first ordinary sitting for 2017. Nine government Bills are will be debated, including Read the rest of this entry »


Disaster relief supplies start arriving in cyclone-ravaged Torres islands

Wind and salt damaged trees on Hiu island, pictured today from a helicopter. Photo: Hon. Ralph Regenvanu MP

Wind and salt damaged trees on Hiu island, pictured from a helicopter supplying relief supplies. Photo: Hon. Ralph Regenvanu MP

The Torres islands has begun receiving disaster relief supplies following the passage of Cyclone Donna. There is an emergency operations centre now open at Loh Island coordinating distribution. Over the weekend a helicopter delivered the first necessities to all the islands and the vessel Pacific Hope is now distributing water, sanitation and health (WASH) items for improved hygiene. There have been reports of illnesses like Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu switches into recovery mode as Cyclone Donna moves away

Government building left hanging at Tagabe after Cyclone Donna flooding. Photo: Joel Ates via Facebook

Government building left hanging at Tagabe after Cyclone Donna flooding. Photo: Joel Ates via Facebook

Cyclone Donna has moved on to New Caledonia and is now weakening. The only major damage so far reported – except for garden damage – was along the length of the Forestry Department HQ at Tagabe where a deep gorge has been carved out by floodwater from Cyclone Donna overflowing the Read the rest of this entry »


Remembering Cyclone Pam in photos and videos

On the 1-year anniversary of the most destructive cyclone to hit Vanuatu in living memory, we’ve assembled a gallery of photos and videos that retell the story of Cyclone Pam audio-visually.

Mataso Island after being hit by Cyclone Pam, March 2015. Photo: Supplied

The Shepherds islands were hit particularly hard by Cyclone Pam, March 2015. Photo: Global Greengrants Fund

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NDMO dumps tons of expired Cyclone Pam relief supplies; Police Service Commission to rule on Police Commissioner

Vanuatu Mobile Force members dispose of Cyclone Pam food donations that have expired. Photo: Yumi Toktok Stret

Vanuatu Mobile Force members dispose of expired Cyclone Pam food donations. Photo: Yumi Toktok Stret

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Five Opposition MPs join Govt; 13 electoral petitions; Vanuatu gives vt10M disaster aid to Fiji; China digital TV project raises questions

A severely damaged village in northern Fiji

Vt10 million from Vanuatu for TC Winston disaster relief… a severely damaged village in northern Fiji. Photo: NZ Defence Force

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