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From a distance the Australian and New Zealand jets looked awesome as they roared over Independence Park to mark the 40th Independence Anniversary of the country to the roar also, of a crowd that perhaps had never seen a war jet on the ground.

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To be a driver or chauffeur may seem less important a profession for some if not many, but for Ben Pakoa, of Tongoa, now 81 years old, being a chauffeur in the then New Hebrides and today Vanuatu, was a perfect job for two reasons.

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Being one of the most influential individuals in our country’s historical past, Maxime Carlot Korman holds one of the greatest record of all times as being one of the first, former francophone Prime Minister during the 4th Legislation.

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Having a cup of tea, Milo or coffee at the Port Vila Market House is something many Port Vila residents have experienced, whether rushing to work and having no time for breakfast at home or whether you are having afternoon tea or keeping warm in the evenings.

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The colonial experience in the New Hebrides has created a complex society resulting from the interplay of the various facets of that social order.

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Forty years of Independence will be celebrated this month as nationally, we reminisce about the struggles of our forefathers and leaders to bring this country to political independence and maintain our sovereignty as a nation.

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Former Chairman of Vanuatu Free West Papua Committee and current member of the Vanuatu West Papua Unification and Association Committee, Morris Kaloran said his Committee received approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Independence Anniversary Committee to allow VWPUAC …

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40 years ago, we achieved what seemed undeniably impossible and unachievable, but in the eyes of our founding fathers it involved more than just handshakes and public protests.

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A man of culture with exceptional leadership skills, Kalkot Mataskelekele Mauliliu is one of the few remaining founding fathers that struggled for the freedom of our nation and has succeeded in every way possible.

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For Sawia Kalanga, now 84 years old, 30th July 1980 meant more than just becoming politically independent and having an own flag and passport.

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Over the past recent years, the debated topic of Women in Politics grew on to become a misimpression, in the eyes of many it had lost its preference and had won more doubts than hope.

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Acting Commissioner of Police, Colonel Robson Iavro officially launched the 40th Year of Operation India Alpha on Wednesday morning.

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To mark Vanuatu’s 40th independence anniversary, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Forestry and Biosecurity (MALFFB) will be hosting a 3-day Agriculture Show to demonstrate what the productive sector has been doing to be resilient and boost production.

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The renovated Independence Grandstand was declared officially open yesterday, ready to host the main independence celebration in Port Vila where everyone will be gathering to sing the national anthem while the national flag is raised to honor Independence Day.

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As initially announced over the weekend, this National Children’s Day will be marked by a key milestone, launching of Vanuatu’s first ever non-fiction children’s storybook about inspiring ni-Vanuatu.

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The Vanuatu Paralympic Committee was astonished with the turnout from the para-athletes in their first ever 40th Independence Para Sports Championship at the National Fitness & Evacuation Centre yesterday.

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In celebration of the nation’s 40 years of independence, Vanuatu Volleyball Federation will be hosting the 40th Independence Indoor Volleyball Championships throughout July at the Epauto Multipurpose complex.

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