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The weeklong cultural festivities conclude in style and in full colour today with the Head of State’s bestowal of medals of honour on a group of close to 50 or so people comprising field workers and a number of chiefs and respected individuals who have contributed immensely to the promotion …

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September 2019 will mark exactly 21 years ago since the birth of the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) in 1998. But 21 years later VIPA is still struggling with the burning question of “Chinese Shops”. The issue is far worse today than it was back then.

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Ever heard of the ‘School of Micromanagement’? In the real world no such academic institutions exist. But in Vanuatu we have ‘bosses’ in various organisations who appear to have graduated from the University of Micro-Management (UMM).

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The Land Transport Authority has the power and the responsibility to require all commercial service buses be fit for purpose. It should mandate that every single one of them have a working GPS that is hard-wired to the vehicle’s starter, so that whenever a service bus is on our roads, they k…

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You rise to serve the nation each day The country comes before everything At times you seem overworked Yet you keep striving Integrity is your game For better or worse We benefit from your work Though your efforts seem ignored Someone is smiling from the benefits of that effort From the hosp…

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Kava is grown primarily for money. It is our so-called ‘green gold’. Besides, it is consumed today predominantly not for its traditional customary value, but for the sake of ‘peace’ – a false sense of peace that is packaged together with whispers of ‘wise talk’ which promises great things to…

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Vanuatu’s reputation as an alternative destination and one of the best Pacific venues for hosting regional and international events must continue to be protected and well-guarded at all times.

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After nearly two weeks of silence, Minister of Internal Affairs Andrew Napuat has answered some—but not all—of the important questions arising from his decision to deport six Chinese, four of whom were Vanuatu citizens.

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This early morning sight above the vast expanse of the fabulous city of Melbourne yesterday was a stunningly beautiful and refreshing sight to behold. But what eventuated beneath that fantastic scenery over a 2-3 day session of intense negotiations exposed a culturally mountainous challenge …

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How much more debt do we succumb to before we have the courage to say ‘No to Debt’ or ‘Wait’? Will the world end tomorrow if we did not get all the infrastructure and ‘big debt’ projects up and running now?

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During question time in Parliament this week a State Minister was asked why there was no police officer at a certain post since the beginning of the year.

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China’s growing influence in Vanuatu and recent spikes in Chinese aid to the country have triggered some interesting counter-responses from our traditional partners.

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Vanuatu celebrates the global day of parents today. It could have turned out a very bleak and sour week had the decision of the courtroom gone haywire.

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Not content with watching our elections and those of our Pacific island neighbours, I also kept a fairly close eye on the Australian federal elections that took place last weekend. Given that Pacific policy was one area where there were some key differences between the two major parties, the…

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Unexplained Wealth (UW) is a sensitive subject, but a silent killer. When nothing is said or done about it, termites in the system flourish.

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Vanuatu goes to the polls in 10 months time. We are on political countdown trail, and the heat is on. It’s indeed a race, either to the top or a race to the bottom and eventually to oblivion, for many. Next year (2020) will be a very significant one for us in many respects: Vanuatu celebrate…

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Like this Indonesian teenager who got lost at sea in late 2018 and spent 49 days adrift out in the vast ocean in a ‘fishing hut’, a lot of our youths are too. But they are ‘lost’ in a slightly different way – adrift on the waters of uncertainty.

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There is so much pain and premature death all around us, yet we are surrounded by some of the best medicinal foods the world has ever known. Could the reason be a reflection of the old prophet’s predictions – ‘my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…’ (Hosea 4:6)? Or are we plainly and…

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Probably the toughest gig a journalist gets is covering the death of someone who was not only an historical figure, but who was known to us.

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The Daily Post first reported the details of the Labour (Work Permits) Act only after it was passed in Parliament. This was the first chance for the public to see what was in it.

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There are some who will look at 2018 with nothing but rue and regret. For the people of Ambae, exile from their home has torn at the very fabric of their society. A few businesses have thrived, but many have struggled. A few have failed.

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