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 »


PM Salwai’s Lini Day address pays tribute to leaders who “broke the horizon” for independence

Walter Lini signs the Vanuatu Constitution, 30 July 1980

Walter Lini signs the Vanuatu Constitution, 30 July 1980

Prime Minister Salwai paid a moving tribute to the late Father Walter Lini’s leadership at the Anglican Church, Tagabe, this morning. The anniversary memorial service was also attended by Read the rest of this entry »


VNPF Commission of Inquiry report a judicial milestone on par with 2015 bribery case

VNPF building, Port Vila. © 2017 Vanuatu Digest

The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged mismanagement and improper conduct of staff of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) has uncovered multiple examples of alleged conflicts of interest involving Board Members and staff. A Criminal Read the rest of this entry »


Northern Vanuatu’s main hospital cuts services due to staff shortages

Severely understaffed: Luganville's Northern Districts Hospital

Severely understaffed: Luganville’s Northern Districts Hospital

Northern District Hospital is facing an acute staffing shortage. Only some 24 out of 50 contracts issued by hospital management last October have been approved by Read the rest of this entry »


Telecom Vanuatu Limited sold to company with 35% Fiji Government ownership

An example of a recent TVL promotion

An example of a recent TVL promotion

Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited of Fiji has announced its purchase of Telecom Vanuatu Ltd. The deal still needs the approval of the Vanuatu authorities including the Telecommunication Regulator. The agreement for the sale was signed by Mauritius Telecom Ltd and MT International Ventures PCC for the purchase of 100% of TVL. ATH’s two largest shareholders are the Fiji National Provident Fund (58%) and the Fijian Government (35%). ATH owns Fiji’s national telco Telecom Fiji Limited and mobile network Vodafone Fiji, amongst other businesses.

There was good news for Government finances this morning. Read the rest of this entry »


Vanuatu’s population to swell by 5,000 tomorrow with arrival of new cruise ship

Ovation of the Seas, Royal Carribean International's new cruise ship – on its first visit to Vanuatu

Ovation of the Seas, Royal Carribean International’s new cruise ship – on its first visit to Vanuatu

5,000 tourists will be arriving in Aneityum tomorrow on the cruise ship Ovation of the Seas, on her first visit to Vanuatu. Three hundred and forty-seven metres long, the 167,800 tonne vessel will bring visitors ashore to Mystery Island where a jetty has been completed with aluminium walkways to enable four ferryboats from the ship to deliver passengers continually. The German-constructed liner cost US$1.3 billion dollars (Vt 140 billion) and is managed by Read the rest of this entry »


New Australian High Commissioner welcomed to Vanuatu by Head of State

Australia's new High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jenny Da Rin. File photo: GPE/Creative Commons

Australia’s new High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Jenny Da Rin. File photo: GPE/Creative Commons

Good wishes being expressed for new Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin, whom I was privileged to meet informally earlier this week, ahead of Australia Day tomorrow. The new head of mission for our largest development partner has presented her credentials to President Lonsdale and has spoken of the excellence of the relations between the two countries. More recently she has had talks with Acting PM Joe Natuman, Radio Vanuatu News told us today.

Daily Post details breaches of the Leadership Code by the former Education Minister Bob Loughman. Loughman is alleged to have instructed the Read the rest of this entry »