New automated weather stations launched in southern islands

A kastom ceremony lanuches the new Automated Weather System in Anelcauhat, Aneityum. Photo: UNDP

A kastom ceremony lanuches the new Automated Weather System in Analgahaut, Aneityum. Photo: UNDP

Various international bodies have helped Vanuatu in its bid to begin operating automated weather stations (AWS). Vanuatu is the first Pacific island country with Read the rest of this entry »


Time to get ready: cyclone headed our way [updated]

Infrared satelliite image by NOAA

[Update #2 10:15pm 8/4 VUT] Vanuatu Meteorological Services has issued a Tropical Cyclone Warning for a tropical low currently still sitting between Pentecost, Malakula and Ambrym at letter G, number 6 on the Vanuatu cyclone tracking map. The system is not yet a named tropical cyclone, but is expected to form by 6am (Sunday 9/4) as it travels slowly south, according to VMS’s latest warning #5.

Gale force wind warnings are in effect for the Banks group, and Malampa, Penama, and Sanma provinces. Gale force winds are predicted for Shefa province within the next 24 hours. The expected cyclone may reach Category 1 strength offshore west of Efate by 5am tomorrow (Sunday 9/4) before moving towards New Caledonia.

Tropical Cyclone Forecast Track Map Number 9 issued at 8:59 pm VUT Saturday 8 April 2017

Vanuatu Meteorological Services advises residents to listen to the radio or visit to their website for updates.

We will actively update this page as news breaks. 

In other news: Read the rest of this entry »

Parliament closes with goodwill messages as ten bills are withdrawn from debate

Vanuatu Parliament House, Port Vila. Photo: PhillipC/Flickr

The censure motion withdrawn yesterday, the leader of Government business today withdrew a further ten bills and the parliamentary sitting closed with messages of goodwill and cheer. The implications of the failure to debate the remaining bills will become clear in due course.

The big news of today is the Vt 2.5 billion (US$23 million) grant for Climate Information Services for Vanuatu provided by the UN’s Green Climate Fund. It is one of Read the rest of this entry »

Vt 20 billion budget for 2017 approved unanimously by Parliament

Vanuatu Parliament budget 2017

Parliament passed the Government Estimates yesterday – unanimously. The 2017 budget is more than Vt 20 billion, a Vt 5 billion increase on 2016. The second ordinary sitting of Parliament resumes this evening at 6 o’clock, for today, and continues 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 »

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 »

Pacific El Niño officially over, say meteorologists


The Australian Bureau of Meteorology says El Niño has ended for the Pacific as the tropical Pacific Ocean returns to a neutral Southern Oscillation state. Read the rest of this entry »