Vanuatu’s youngest-ever Olympian becomes first female ATR72 pilot for Air Vanuatu

The sky is the limit: Air Vanuatu's newest ATR72 pilot, Katura Marae. Photo: Air Vanuatu

The sky is the limit: Air Vanuatu’s newest ATR72 pilot, First Officer Katura Marae. Photo: Air Vanuatu

Congratulations Katura Marae, the first Ni-Vanuatu female pilot to fly Air Vanuatu’s ATR72. And thank you for showing the world gender equity at work in Vanuatu. 27-year old Katura is not the first local female pilot, but the ATR 72 is a big league achievement. She is definitely a role model and on page 1 of Daily Post gives us her career motivation: “Whatever you have in mind, go for it. Do something that you love, so that every day you are doing something you love, and not just for the sake of doing it.” Katura is no stranger to high achievement – she represented Vanuatu as a sprinter at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece — and holds the record for being Vanuatu’s youngest Olympic athlete.

The electricity price in Luganville is dropping. After being gazetted, the new price will drop by Read the rest of this entry »


Salwai Govt’s consultative approach to community development pays off with Ambrym airport decision

Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai. Photo: ITU

Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai. Photo: ITU

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Vanuatu media milestone reached as newspaper publishes its 5,000th issue

Detail of the cover of Vanuatu Daily Post, celebrating its 5,000th issue today

Detail of the cover of today’s Vanuatu Daily Post, celebrating its 5,000th issue today

Congratulations Daily Post. The 5,000th issue of the paper really is something to brag about and at Daily Post they’re fairly good at doing that. But the quality and quantity of the reporting is something which not even the national broadcaster can rival. Well done! They have defended media freedom and merit a great deal of praise for that alone. Keep up the good work.

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai is in Brussels with a team of officials including the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Finance for discussions with Read the rest of this entry »


Vt 200 million extra revenue expected by Ministry of Lands this year, says Regenvanu

Website of Vanuatu's Ministry of Land and Natural Resources

Website of Vanuatu’s Ministry of Land and Natural Resources

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources hopes to significantly increase revenue this year, Minister Ralph Regenvanu said on the lunchtime news on Radio Vanuatu today. About Vt 200 million extra revenue is expected this year, while expenditure will increase by about Vt 50 million. “And revenue is always growing,” confirmed Regenvanu, saying that this is confirmed by Read the rest of this entry »


Tanna’s Nikoletan Council of Chiefs establishes tribal land boundaries under new Land Management Act

Tanna… the Nikoletan Council of Chiefs of Tanna has now designated the land boundaries of the island's seven area councils. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Tanna… the Nikoletan Council of Chiefs of Tanna has now designated the land boundaries of the island’s seven area councils. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Land Management Act gets a further boost today from the Nikoletan Council of Chiefs of Tanna. Nikoletan Secretary Bruno Kehma reports the satisfactory and timely working of the Act with 115 tribes and the setting up of the boundaries of the seven area councils for Tanna. The pilot project under the Act has named Malo and Tanna, Ambae and Efate as the starting islands for the project, and while Efate has been slow, it is now given a new deadline, 15 February. Bruno Kehma calls on the Efatese to finalise their project as soon as possible. (Daily Post)

Paul Hocktene (Ogden?) of JPO Investment Kava International and Export now claims a Tongan purchaser of his kava refused to pay for the shipment of the product, resulting in it being sent back to Vanuatu. It was not accompanied by Read the rest of this entry »


New category of ni-Vanuatu citizenship introduced by Government – for US$130,000 per application

Vanuatu passport

A new Vanuatu citizenship category has been created by Government called the Development Support Program. DSP replaces the Vanuatu Economic Rehabilitation Program (VERP). Applicants deposit a non-refundable US$130,000 (Vt 14 million) to cover the applicant and family members. Applicants are also required to pay  US$2,000 (Vt 215,000) for a report from the Financial Intelligence Unit. The strong point of the new DSP plan is in having the Citizenship Commission appoint Vila based designated agents who will check on the Financial Intelligence Unit screening of the individual concerned and make recommendations to the Citizenship Commission. This will avoid the sort of situation we have seen where persons of unsuitable character and professional quality continue to hold important positions. VERP ceases at the end of this month. (Daily Post)

Biscochoc’s take over of the Metenesel Estate for the bargain price of Vt 100 a hectare per year is being challenged in the courts. This is where Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu kava export shipment returned from NZ due to contamination with impurities

kava shell

Happy new year to all our readers and welcome to 2017!

Vanuatu’s regional leadership of kava production and export has been dealt a blow with news this week of a shipment of adulterated kava being returned from New Zealand. Vanuatu’s primacy in the industry began with the recognition of Vanuatu as the original site of domestication of kava, the large number of noble kava varieties established here, and 2002’s Kava Act designed to protect consumers from poor quality kava. In 2016 Vanuatu was given responsibility for the FAO’s Codex Alimentarius research into the crop. Vanuatu’s main export competitor, Fiji, only established similar kava consumer protection legislation last year, and has many fewer noble varieties.

Over 600kg of dried, ground kava in a container exported by JPO Kava Export was returned from New Zealand as adulterated, reports Daily Post. Director of Vanuatu Biosecurity Dept Timothy Tumukon says the shipment looked to be mixed with ‘makas’—bark and root residue added to increase the Read the rest of this entry »