Kastom in contempt of court, or is court in contempt of kastom?

red mat blong Pentecost

Daily Post knew it was on to a controversial issue. Today they say Justice Chetwynd’s decision has become the talk of the week as many comments by members of the public supported the defendants’ right to dress in their kastom attire in court. Yesterday we reported Daily Post saying Chief Viraleo Boborenvanua was removed from court in Port Vila under the orders of Justice Chetwynd for appearing in court in kastom dress to lodge a plea. This is in relation to his arrest and that of others on Pentecost ten months ago. The group were to reappear, and they did so yesterday in their red Pentecost mats. And this time Justice Chetwynd insisted they have to find someone to represent them. Their plea hearings are now scheduled for Tuesday. Social media and national and commercial radio stations have all Read the rest of this entry »

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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 »


Vanuatu’s premier tourist promotion event, Toktok Vanuatu, launches for 2016

Photo: Sera J. Wright for Vanuatu Tourism

The 2016 Toktok Vanuatu was launched this morning by the Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman at the Iririki Island Resort. The main events will take place between 23 and 26 August under the theme “Discover Vanuatu, make new friends, share laughter.” Organizers hope the publicity generated by this year’s Toktok will boost tourism at a time when it is greatly needed and much of the restoration work following Cyclone Pam has been completed. (Radio Vanuatu)

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Prime Minister steps in to halt Air Vanuatu’s planned termination of ni-Vanuatu pilots

Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-800 AV1 loading at Port Vila's Bauerfield International Airport. Photo: Air Vanuatu

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Vanuatu Government reinstates controversial Capital Investment Immigration Plan

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Kastom and criminal justice in the spotlight; Pediatrician cautions parents over outbreak

The six men convicted of abduction on Tanna last month. Photo: Supplied

The six men convicted of abduction on Tanna last month. Photo: Supplied

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Canoe Festival for Luganville; Cyclone Pam recovery, climate change on EU/NZ agenda

Sailing canoes on Havannah Harbour, 1891. Photo: JW Lindt

Self-sufficient: Sailing canoes on Havannah Harbour, 1891. Photo: JW Lindt

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