Hao nao Tagaro i mekem Ambae – the kastom story of how Ambae was made

Ambae and red mat

This is a segment of a long story that explains the formation of Ambae told by Vanuatu Cultural Centre fieldworker James Ngwero, from the Ndui Ndui area of West Ambae. Tagaro is the deity traditionally considered to be responsible for creating the island of Ambae. The story is taken from the Vanuatu National History Curriculum textbook Histri blong Yumi long Vanuatu (Volume 1, p. 3).

Ambae aelan long fastaem hem i ston nomo. Nao Tagaro i sanem tufala man i kam daon i talem long tufala se, “Yutufala i go daon. Yu lukluk long ples daon.” Tufala man ia nem blong tufala i Vavarai Aho wetem Ngwera Kandiri. Taem tufala i kam daon i luk, be olgeta ples i ston nomo.

Ambae island was originally just bare rock. Then Tagaro created Read the rest of this entry »


Study aims to reveal sources of plastic waste on Efate’s coastline

USP students from Port Vila's Emalus campus conduct a transect of Eton Beach, Efate looking for plastic waste. Photo: SPREP

USP students from Port Vila’s Emalus campus conduct a transect of Eton Beach, Efate looking for plastic waste. Photo: SPREP

Following on from yesterday’s item that the Salwai Government is planning to ban the import of plastic bottles and bags, comes this welcome news: USP students from Port Vila’s Emalus campus are engaged in a study of the micro and macro plastic waste found on Efate’s Eton Beach. The UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) is leading the research in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and USP. USP’s Bachelor of Science students majoring in chemistry and biology are being trained at Eton Beach in the correct sampling and collecting methodology for studying marine plastic waste. The study aims to determine whether the waste is of local or foreign origin, and to study the ‘plastic life cycle’. International marine waste expert Dr Thomas Maes of CEFAS emphasises how fish consume plastic waste in the oceans, and that we need to make every effort to remove plastic waste from their diet, or it joins Read the rest of this entry »

National Chiefs Day celebrated with opening of new Malvatumauri nakamal

The new Malvatumauri nakamal under construction last month. Photo © Vanuatu Daily Digest

The new Malvatumauri nakamal under construction last month. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Digest

National Chiefs’ Day was being celebrated yesterday, and this year’s highlight of the celebration has been the Read the rest of this entry »

Giving our children sustainable futures through multilingual education: Vanuatu’s UN Ambassador speaks on International Mother Languages Day

Odo Tevi, Vanuatu's Ambassador to the United Nations

Odo Tevi, Vanuatu’s Ambassador to the United Nations

Speech by Odo Tevi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Vanuatu to the United Nations, New York, in Commemoration of the International Mother Language Day, 21st February 2017

I have the honour to provide remarks this evening on the important theme: “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”. This topic is timely given that we are celebrating the ‘International Mother Language Day’ today.

This is also important as we are embarking on Read the rest of this entry »

‘Tanna’ filmmakers respond to exploitation claims

Comment made to Vanuatu Daily Digest claiming exploitation by the filmmakers who made 'Tanna'

Comment made to Vanuatu Daily Digest claiming exploitation by the filmmakers of Tanna

Knee-jerk resentment of someone else’s success, as elsewhere, is sadly a feature of Vanuatu life, so the kind of comment seen above, prompted by that Tanna‘s global success (and now Oscar nomination), is not unexpected.

Exploitation is a serious claim to make, however, so we are taking this opportunity to set the record straight Read the rest of this entry »

Vanuatu advocates for traditional climate knowledge at COP22 UN climate change meeting in Morocco

Logo of COP UN climate change meeting Marrakech, Morocco

Vanuatu has raised the issue of traditional knowledge, and has advocated greater access to funding for it, at the COP22 UN Climate Change meeting in Marrakech, Morocco. The Vanuatu Government’s Sam Mike Waiwai made a presentation on the topic at a two-day conference which focused on indigenous knowledge and climate change. UNESCO and the French National Centre for Scientific Research and other international bodies ran the event. The Minister for Climate Change Ham Lini joined the conference yesterday and will present a statement in a week’s time. As a story published here on Vanuatu Daily Digest last week noted, Vanuatu has made a significant contribution to global governance of climate change, introducing the concept of ‘loss and damage’ which is now central to global efforts to combat climate change.

Ni-Vanuatu workers at Cable Beach Club Resort in Australia have received 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 »