• By Chinese Ambassador to Vanuatu, Liu Quan
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Time flies. It has been two years since i came to Vanuatu as Chinese Ambassador. I’m not a stranger to this beautiful land since i worked here as a diplomat from 2001 to 2003. For the last 17 years, i have been following the economic and social development of this country of paradise. In the…

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The average Australian’s conception of Pacific island nations is so limited it makes some of us wonder if they even want to understand. Our voices—and our reality—have been pointedly and repeatedly ignored in the media, and in the corridors of power.

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The ‘news’ that Vanuatu was to be the site of a Chinese military base caught most people by surprise. Government officials with detailed knowledge of relevant matters swore hand on heart they’d never even heard hints of such talk. Minister of Foreign Affairs Ralph Regenvanu questioned the so…

  • By Simon. B Student at Institute of South – South Cooperation and Development Centre for New Structural Economics, Peking University, China
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A lot has been said about China’s influence in Vanuatu. And in focusing on China’s presence, in particular its activities in the country, there appears to be more criticisms about China’s influence rather than the positive role that China is playing in our development initiatives.

  • Commentary by Harrison Selmen, Suva, Fiji
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All Fijians will go to polls this year around September to vote for their representatives in Parliament, a major event that is already gaining interest from mainstream media around the region and the world.

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Some time ago, the Daily Post submitted a number of questions to Cooperatives Director Ridley Joseph concerning the Apma Financial Investment Centre, or AFIC. The questions arose from the government’s continuing silence concerning the money belonging to tens of thousands of depositors.

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It’s becoming far too common: Journalists and whistle blowers are being singled out and silenced as governments throughout the region allow the Pacific to slide down the slippery slope of repression. Either we act now to stop it, or we accept that in ten years, the region’s media may look a …

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A few weeks ago now the Minister of Internal Affairs decreed that as of of January 1, 2019 no member of the public service, in other words those employed by the Government, would be able to own and operate a Taxi, Bus or Public Transport.

  • By Mark O’Brien
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Cloud storms are forming in more ways than one what with the politics and then we have the bitter battle between China and Australian Aid Donors and what constitutes aid and what is a move to gain power over a sovereign state that seemingly lacks courage and fortitude to move forward with th…

  • Tess Newton Cain, TNC Pacific Consulting
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Recently I have come across a couple of really important and interesting things about addressing gender based violence in Vanuatu. As we know, it is a major issue in our country with physical, emotional, mental, social and economic impacts.

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In the aftermath of an eye-opening exchange in Parliament between deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman and Agriculture Minister Matai Seremaiah, people are left asking if their life savings are secure.

  • By Opinion by Harrison Selmen, Suva, Fiji
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While social media platforms are excellent tools for people to socialize and get connected with other people, the rate at which people are abusing Facebook is increasing at an alarming rate.

  • By Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin
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On 23 September, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department raised the alert level for Ambae’s Lombenben volcano from three to four.

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You might have noticed that a lot of women were posting the words ‘Me Too’ to their social media timelines this week.

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The Australian Senate acquiesced yesterday to the ABC’s decision to ignore its own charter and kill its shortwave service. Nick Xenophon’s amendment bill requiring the corporation to reinstate shortwave died in committee.

  • By Yasmine Bjornum
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In June 2017, Vanuatu launched the first drone trial in the Pacific to test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to deliver lifesaving vaccines.

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I reported an image to Facebook for review the other day. It had nothing to do with what’s happening here in Vanuatu. It depicted the blood-soaked, headless body of a child.

  • By Yasmine Bjornum
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We live in a society that refuses to hold men accountable for their actions. It’s widely accepted to blame women on the violence and humiliation inflicted upon them, as was the case of Alice Karis, a staff member of Warhorse Saloon Bar.

  • Commentary By Harrison Selmen
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Information was well delivered, people were informed, they responded positively which saw one of the biggest crowd present to farewell the country’s late President, Father Baldwin Lonsdale who passed away on June 17, 2017.

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We’re all guilty. At one point or other in our lives, we’ve lost the plot, spit the dummy, gone absolutely spare with rage and vented it all in an epic splurge of venom onto the internet for the entire world to see.

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Alice Karis was killed because of pointless violence. Robson Mariki too was killed by pointless violence. And now, a vocal minority of hotheads want to add to it again.

  • By Dan McGarry
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UNICEF, DFAT partner with Vanuatu on a world-leading exploration of medical drone technology

  • By Matthew Dornan
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In April this year, trade ministers from Australia, New Zealand and 12 independent Pacific island states agreed to a regional trade agreement, the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus, to be signed in June—thereby bringing to an end almost a decade of sometimes acrimon…

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Every bar has one. That guy you used to admire. He was an athlete, a soldier, a gentleman and a scholar. He didn’t suffer fools gladly and he treated women and children like people.

  • ProMedical Rescue’s Troy Spann, talks road safety
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It was Clare Moloney who originally came up with the initiative for ProMedical Rescue to be proactive in raising awareness for Road Safety rather than just attending vehicle accidents when called upon.

  • Commentary by Witold Redel, France
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Elena and I got married on the second last day of 2015, just a few days before she began her MBA in January. We had met four years earlier, in London, at an expats meeting, and we’re now living in Paris where I work and where she would be studying.

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Vanuatu’s annual tourism survey is funded by the Inter-national Finance Corporation, the commercial arm of the World Bank, and compiled and analysed by the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute and AUT

  • Dan McGarry
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The Department of Finance and Treasury publishes regular financial reports, and perhaps the most useful for average voter are the monthly budget summaries. They provide a useful yardstick to measure the government’s performance overall.

  • Opinion by Harrison Selmen,
    Suva, Fiji
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Vanuatu’s public assets will lose their beauty and value and continue to deteriorate and depreciate to a poor state if people continue to vandalise public assets without being cautious and responsible enough to care for them.

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