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.

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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.

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Anniversary of Vanuatu’s reclamation of Matthew and Hunter Islands celebrated today

Vanuatu's flag flies over Hunter Island, 9th March 1983. Photo: Bob Makin

Vanuatu’s flag flies over Hunter Island, 1:30pm, 9th March 1983. Photo: Bob Makin

9 March is Matthew and Hunter Day. At 1:30 pm on that day in 1983 the Vanuatu flag was hoisted on Hunter Island, known to the people of Aneityum as Leka, and the national anthem sung as the active volcano was reclaimed for Tafea, Matthew and Hunter being uninhabited remote outliers of the southernmost province.

The two islands had been administered by France from the French Residency, Port Vila, during Condominium times, but as became apparent when the Dunkerquoise threatened to fire on Euphrosyne as the Vanuatu government vessel reached Matthew in 1983, France was determined to hold on to the two outliers as if they belonged to New Caledonia.

But the flag had been raised — on Hunter Island, the previous day.

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New Year’s messages call on people of Vanuatu to play active role in nation’s prosperity

In his New Year message, President Baldwin Lonsdale has spoken of the God-given challenges Vanuatu faces at this time. He feels that the fresh elections last year were necessary to bring Vanuatu a new, more youthful and better educated leadership. They were needed to ensure the economic prosperity not possible because of the political instability of previous years. (Radio Vanuatu)

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PM Salwai backs Pacific Islands Forum membership of France’s Pacific colonies

Vanuatu's new Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai.

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An amazing coincidence: earthquake strikes during discussion of disputed maritime boundary

Bathymetry map of Vanuatu and surrounding area. Map: NASA

Bathymetry map of Vanuatu and surrounding area. The line to the west of Vanuatu is where the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates meet. Map: NASA

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Paunagisu village finally gets power; Govt pleased with Nouméa aid package

Paunangisu solar launch

PM Salwai, Ministers and dignitaries at yesterday’s launch of Unelco’s Paunagisu electrification project. Photo: via Yumi Toktok Stret

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