Vanuatu’s first adoption law will put childrens’ interests first, says Justice Minister

File image of a newborn baby sleeping in a Vanuatu hospital. Photo: Connor Ashleigh/DFAT

File image of a newborn baby sleeping in a Vanuatu hospital. Photo: Connor Ashleigh/DFAT

Justice Minister Warsal has initiated the drafting of Vanuatu’s first adoption law. “We need a law which suits the local context and addresses the real interests of our children”, Minister Warsal told VBTC News today. The new Bill will likely be debated in November.

Vanuatu does not currently have its own specific legislation covering adoption, and currently uses the UK’s Adoption Act of 1958. And Vanuatu is not a signatory to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Read the rest of this entry »

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Cyclone Donna reaches Cat 4 strength offshore: alerts remain in place

TC Donna is now a Category 4 cyclone, with winds at the centre of 165km/h and gusts up to 235km/h. It stretches the full length of the country. Damage to buildings and crops have been reported in the Torres and Banks islands. All domestic flights in the country are cancelled.

Cyclone Donna continues to wobble out at sea, but nevertheless remains extremely dangerous. The track forecast by Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Dept shows it weakening and heading away towards New Caledonia. However, the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center warns that Cyclone Donna’s full intensity may not be felt for another 48 hours, and its path will remain erratic.

Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Nauru Palau and the Marshall Islands delivered a hard-hitting joint statement on the plight of West Papua to the 79-member Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States meeting at ministerial level this week in Brussels. Authored by MP Johnny Koanapo, Parliamentary Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office, the packed council room was trans-fixed as he described Indonesia’s violations and the West Papuan slow-motion genocide. (Daily Post). Read the rest of this entry »


Partnership with China’s HNA Tourism Group to boost tourism numbers from China, says Govt

Vanuatu Government and HNA Tourism signs strategic partnership. Photo: supplied

Vanuatu Government representatives including PM Salwai and FM Leingkon and HNA Tourism Group sign the strategic partnership yesterday. Photo: supplied

Yesterday we reported PM Salwai signing a Strategic Operation Agreement with a Chinese tourism group. This relationship is said to be Read the rest of this entry »


Rare hailstorm lashes Shepherds Islands; Chamber of Commerce to review Govt taxation proposals in detail

Hail stones damaged trees, crops and homes on Emae on Monday

Hail stones damaged trees, crops and homes on Emae and other islands on Monday

Yesterday’s hailstorm over Mataso, Makira and Emae made headlines today. Fest Napuan starting this evening only rated a front page single column, but then we have to acknowledge hail is hardly ever seen in our tropical paradise and snow, of course, just doesn’t ever get here. (Daily Post)

Radio Vanuatu News announced this morning the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry VCCI has chosen a six-member team to review the revenue tax proposals presented to the public as drafts from the Government. The VCCI team is considering all the possibilities, analysing the detail and preparing an answer for Government. The next public consultation of the government Revenue Review Committee is to be next week, on Thursday 20 October at the National Convention Centre, starting at 9:30am. It seems that the VCCI is going Read the rest of this entry »


Banks Islanders work together to develop tourism opportunities

Siri waterfall on Gaua island – a major tourist attraction of the Banks Islands. Photo: Brad Warden/Wikmedia Commons

Siri waterfall on Gaua island – a major tourist attraction of the Banks Islands. Photo: Brad Warden/Wikimedia Commons

Communities are working together with the chiefs and people of the Banks Islands to develop tourism around cultural experiences and places of interest in the Banks Islands, Linda Kalpoi, GM of the Vanuatu Tourism Office, reported in today’s Radio Vanuatu News. Gaua is ideal for Read the rest of this entry »


Cabinet meets to discuss position on PACER Plus

Port Vila stallholder Elsie wants her rights protected from PACER Plus. Photo: PANG

Port Vila stallholder Elsie wants her rights protected from PACER Plus. Photo: PANG

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A load of bull: failed VNPF investments to be probed by official inquiry

A bull at Milai Vanuatu Limited's Belmol cattle farm on Espiritu Santo. Photo: Bkj1000/Wikimedia Commons

A bull at Milai Vanuatu Limited’s Belmol cattle farm on Espiritu Santo, one of a number of VNPF’s failed investments. Photo: Bkj1000/Wikimedia Commons

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