Imprisoned ex-politicians to be released this Friday — but must return to Court in four days’ time

The catalyst for political change: The 14 MPs are taken to prison following their convictions in October last year

The scene in October 15 after 14 MPs were convicted and taken to prison. Photo: TIV

The parole-granted release of ten former MPs on Friday (after the 7 April Appeal Court decision) is overshadowed by the fact that they will be back in court next week to enter their pleas in the retrial of the conspiracy case. Public Prosecutor Naiguleva says Read the rest of this entry »

Results of provincial elections available by Wednesday 29 March

The unofficial provincial election results provide no startling information at this stage — but official results will be available by Wednesday 29 March. Recounting of provincial election votes collected close to Vila (from Efate and Offshore Islands) is currently taking place. For the other provinces, counting  Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

Australia set to relax restrictions on Vanuatu kava imports

Australia to allow Vanuatu kava imports again

The big news today is very good news: Australia eases kava restriction, Read the rest of this entry »

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from the Vanuatu Daily Digest!

beach christmas

Merry Christmas and season’s greetings to all of our valued readers! Vanuatu Daily Digest will take a few days break and will resume after Family Day. Thank you for visiting us in 2016, we hope to see you next year. Meanwhile, in today’s news…

The revelations from the Commission of Inquiry into the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) continue. Daily Post reveals today that a Fijian national was recruited to become VNPF General Manager early last year, without a valid work permit. This created rifts between VNPF staff. He had previously worked for Westpac Bank in Vanuatu and discussions concerning his subsequent employment were pushed by certain VNPF Board members before the post was actually advertised. The COI investigations have now drawn to a close after 26 interviews, and the Commission’s final report is soon to be released to government.

Two MPs of the Graon mo Jastis Party (GJP) were sacked from the party this week. They are Read the rest of this entry »

Youth act against domestic violence with powerful street performance

Arise and Make a Difference Youths – a new acting group bursting on to the street scene in Port Vila – is about to provide a new street hit with their live performances in such as the marketplace or main street. Pedestrians may find themselves near a couple of aunties buying kumala as the boyfriend of one sneaks up and begins an attack. The other woman calls the police. The aim of the group is to stop broken homes and violence against women. Their message is one of peace. (Daily Post)

That motion… Opposition Leader Kalsakau, whose motion to have PM Charlot Salwai toppled from the Government went nowhere yesterday, was clearly peeved that issues of substance were being ignored. Not taking Constitutional changes to the people Read the rest of this entry »