Customs Dept requests roadworthiness compliance extension for older vehicles

A public transport bus passes by Port Vila market house. Photo © Vanuatu Digest

The Customs Department is asking for an extension to the payment period for road tax. Since 31 March is currently the legal deadline, the end of June is being requested. Cyclone Pam enabled a similar extension, and Customs being a Government service one would imagine it is all likely to Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu’s women – bold for change on International Women’s Day

Bold for change – Vanuatu's women can do anything! Photo: Vanuatu Surfing Association/Facebook

Bold for change: Vanuatu’s women can do anything! Photo: Vanuatu Surfing Association/Facebook

Happy International Women’s Day! The work and achievements of women around the country are being celebrated, Doresday Kenneth Watson, head of Women’s Affairs, explained today. A peaceful demonstration took place organised by Pro-Active Mamas (PAM) between Anchor Inn and Saralana. “Be Bold for Change” is this year’s message. The Silae Market Vendors Association has been prominent in International Women’s Day events and are anxious to point out how women globally dominate the informal economic sector, where Read the rest of this entry »


Tanna kastom shines on the Oscars red carpet

Red carpet kastom – directors and cast of Tanna at last night's Academy Awards in Los Angeles, USA. Photo: @tannamovie/Twitter

Red carpet kastom – directors and cast of Tanna at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California USA last night. Photo: @tannamovie/Twitter

Just to have been nominated for an Oscar is still something to celebrate even if Tanna did not win the foreign language film winning category. Iranian film The Salesman has won the category. Nevertheless it generated enough excitement to have a powerful kastom dance from Tanna take over the foyer of the National Convention Centre in Port Vila during live streaming of the Oscars ceremony here yesterday afternoon, where Tanna stars Dain and Wawa were guests of honour. Dain told Len Garae of Daily Post he “never dreamed the movie would make it to Port Vila let alone as far as Hollywood”.

A different kind of Vanuatu matter has also received media coverage in the United States — Read the rest of this entry »


Penalty for sex crimes against minors now life imprisonment under new Penal Code

One of Port Vila's correctional centres. Photo: Flickr/mikecogh

The Penal Code is undergoing significant changes. The penalties for violent and sexual crimes against the younger age groups are being massively increased. Incest, for example, has the prison term extended from Read the rest of this entry »


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 »