The little-known history of New Hebridean labourers in 19th century New Zealand – a tale waiting to be toldPosted: September 4, 2016
About sixty thousand Melanesians, almost all of them from (present-day) Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, were brought to Queensland to toil in that state’s sugarfields in the nineteenth century. Today, the descendants of some of these ‘blackbirded’ labourers make up Australia’s South Sea Islander community. In Vanuatu and in the Solomons many families remember ancestors who suffered in Queensland. Historians have told the story of Queensland’s bonded labourers in essays and books and documentary films.
But the stories of the Melanesians who were brought to New Zealand have seldom been told. Only a relatively small number of Melanesians came to New Zealand, and few of them stayed permanently. But their presence prompted debates in the media and in parliament, and led to the creation of an historic set of photographs.
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A large earthquake struck the seabed off the coast of Hunter Island at around 12:26pm today. Initially measured at 7.6 on the Richter scale, it was later downgraded to 7.2 and a precautionary tsunami warning that had been issued was cancelled. So far, six aftershocks have been recorded in the vicinity.
Vanuatu defeats NC in second international friendly; fraudulent work permits; missing Sarakata fundsPosted: March 26, 2016
Reform of the ministerial structure of the Vanuatu Government will enable the creation of new portfolios. PM Charlot Salwai last week pointed out some portfolios where there is a need for such review. He gave as an example the heavy work load on one ministry – Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – when addressing a press conference on Friday.
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