Upgrade needed for plant to allow for locally-caught fish to be exported from Vanuatu, says Govt

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The Vanuatu Government is fully committed to the agreement made with the CNFC Overseas Fishery Corporation of China signed in Beijing in 2004 in relation to the Blacksands fish processing plant. Minister Matai Seremaiah wants the plant fully renovated, he told those present for the offload of frozen fish at the main wharf last Friday. Minister Seremaiah appealed to the task force for the Sino-Van fishery comprising officials of his Fisheries Department and MIPU to work together to ensure deadlines are set for the completion of the work at Blacksands. He says it is very frustrating that fish caught in Vanuatu waters by Chinese vessels carrying Vanuatu flags were being unloaded in Fiji and the catch sold as produce of Fiji. (Daily Post, yesterday)

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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.

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Vanuatu-caught tuna unloaded and processed for the first time in Port Vila

The first catch of Vanuatu-caught albacore tuna is unloaded in Port Vila last Friday before being taken to the Sino-Van factory for processing. Photo: Hon. Matai Seremaiah MP/Facebook

The first catch of Vanuatu-caught albacore tuna is unloaded in Port Vila last Friday before being taken to the Sino-Van factory for processing. Photos: Hon. Matai Seremaiah MP/Facebook

The trial frozen albacore tuna off-loading at the Main Wharf took place last Friday without mishap. All media have been reporting the event at which Prime Minister Salwai presided. Henceforth, with the assistance of US surveillance vessels, the Vanuatu Government is committed to the unloading of all Vanuatu-flagged fishing vessels’ fish catches from the Vanuatu Exclusive Economic Zone in Port Vila. Fisheries Minister Matai Seremaiah assisted the PM at the first unloading and many officials were on hand to witness the process. The unloaded fish were quickly removed to the Sino-Van fish packing plant at Blacksands. An American company, Bumblebee, is also discussing a fish canning operation for Vanuatu. Consuming more Vanuatu fish in Vanuatu is likely to reduce the incidence of NCDs as the Food Festival at Tagabe, 9 to 11 November, will make clear.

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Vt 21 million missing from EU-funded energy project on Ambae

European Union flag. Photo: Håkan Dahlström/Flickr Creative Commons

Daily Post‘s page 1 headline today: “Investigation Demanded… Ambae EU aid project scandal gets attention of Euro-MPs”. Vt 21 million of the funds for the the EU-ACP Copra Oil Energy Generation Project on Ambae have allegedly been embezzled or mis-spent. Read the rest of this entry »


The little-known history of New Hebridean labourers in 19th century New Zealand – a tale waiting to be told

A New Hebridean flaxworker in the Hokianga region of the north island of New Zealand, c. 1872, photographed by Daniel Mundy

A New Hebridean flaxworker in the Hokianga region of the north island of New Zealand, c. 1872, photographed by Daniel Mundy

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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Large earthquake off Hunter Island, tsunami threat cancelled, numerous aftershocks

Map showing location of today's large earthquake off Hunter Island in the far south of Vanuatu. Map: USGS

Map showing location of today’s large earthquake off Hunter Island in the far south of Vanuatu. Map: US Geological Survey

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.

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Australian union helps Ni-Vanuatu workers taking part in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program

Executive of the Vanuatu National Worker’s Union (VNWU) and the chairperson of the South Pacific Council of Trade Union, Loreen Bani, met with representatives of the Australian National Union of Workers yesterday. Photo: Joe Harry Karu

The Executive of the Vanuatu National Worker’s Union (VNWU) and the chairperson of the South Pacific Council of Trade Unions, Loreen Bani, met with representatives of the Australian National Union of Workers yesterday to discuss issues affecting ni-Vanuatu workers participating in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program. Photo: Joe Harry Karu

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