Minister organize Victory Ceremony.

The Minister of Lands, and MP for Port Vila Ralph Regenvanu will this coming Friday organize a victory celebration at the Malasitabu Church hall in Freswota area for being elected into Parliament.

The Victory Celebration will be starting off at 2pm with programs being line out till 7pm this coming Friday.

Minister Regenvanu is inviting his voters and supporters to attend this celebration as a token of appreciation to his voters for having trust in him in carrying their voice into parliament in the 11th legislature of the Republic of Vanuatu.

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Minister of Lands Ralph Regenvanu

Silae Vanuatu Market Association Oli Votem ol new executive member

Silae Vanuatu Market Association Oli Votem ol new executive member. Olgeta Mama blo Silae Vanuatu Market Association oli been votem ol niufala excecutive blo olgeta lo yesterday lo Saralana ground.

Silae Vanuatu Market Assication oli kat wan theme lo yia ya emi we emi stap olsem “sevem fastaem spentem bihaen”.

Presiding officer lo election ia Mr Morris Kaloran we emi talem out se emia emi fes taem ol women we oli memeba lo association ya oli save castem votes blo electem ol women we bae representem olgeta insaed lo executive blo Silae Vanuatu Market Association.

Mr Kaloran emi stap encouragem ol Mama round efate we oli member lo assiciation blo save exercisem right blo olgeta blo save electem.

ANZ customers lose millions.

In today’s Daily Post it carry a report that some angry ANZ customers have lost a total of over two million vatu in recent weeks in what appears to be a concerted series of unauthorised money transfers between ANZ Vanuatu accounts.

Total losses could be much higher, as it appears that numerous accounts have been affected.

According to Daily Post Media Director, Dan McGarry the victims were shocked and angered when told by ANZ that the money would not automatically be refunded.

It has been confirmed that others have opened criminal complaints with the police.

ANZ is currently conducting an awareness-raising campaign, publishing public service announcements and other media, trying to shed light on some of the most common scams and tactics.

Solomon Islands PM Sogavare begins Melanesian tour in Vanuatu

The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Manessah Sogavare, has thrown his support behind Charlot Salwai, ahead of his meeting with Vanuatu’s new prime minister in Port Vila.

Mr Sogavare has stopped off in Vanuatu for the first leg of his regional tour, in his role as chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, which will also take him to New Caledonia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

He says he has full confidence in Prime Minister Salwai’s ability to provide stability for Vanuatu.

Source: Pacific Beats

Vanuatu fish stocks down with soaring temperatures

As Vanuatu struggles to cope with minimal food crops in the wake of last year’s Cyclone Pam, the soaring temperatures are now impacting fish stocks.

‘Fish kills’ occur when the water temperature does not decrease enough during high tide, and the fish swimming in the shallows can’t survive.

Thousands of fish have been washed ashore in Fiji and Vanuatu in the last few days.

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Dead fish wash up Fiji’s coral coast

Rocky Kaku is with the Vanuatu Fisheries Department and said people on the island of Efate were worried about their livelihoods.

“They are quite worried about the fish, which some of them benefit for their livelihood, they use the fish for food and so since we are in the hot seas
on they are quite worried about what they will eat and what they will make money out of in the coming months or future.”

Mr Kaku said the government had allowed fish aggregation devices to be set up for local boat owners as well as fishermen who did not have boats, so to avoid fishing on coral reefs, which had also been damaged

Source: Radio New Zealand.

Fulton Hogan contracted to repair Vanuatu’s Bauerfield Airport

The Vanautu government has today signed a contract with New Zealand company Fulton Hogan to carry out emergency repairs to the runway at Port Vila’s Bauerfield Airport.

Air New Zealand, Qantas, and Virgin Australia last month stopped flying to the airport, citing concerns about the runway’s safety.

The new government met for the first time last week, where one of its first tasks was to attempt to fix the runway situation.

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The new minister of public utilities, Jotham Napat, said the repair work should begin in mid-March.

“The runway itself requires rapid maintenance, some patches towards the end of the runway. So we have contracted this company to come and bring up the Bauerfield Airport to the required standard, so we can cater for flights from Australia and New Zealand that have been withdrawn from coming to Port Vila.”

Jotham Napat said once the patching up is completed, the government will look for more long-term solutions.

This initial repair work is expected to cost 1.2 million US dollars, and will be paid for from a larger World Bank loan for the airport redevelopment.

Source: Radio New Zealand

Vanuatu capital on cusp of urban rebuild

An Australian company is about to start work on a multi million dollar rebuild of the urban area of Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila.

RMS Engineering & Construction signed a contract last week to start the first phase of the Port Vila Urban Development Project.

It involves road improvements, drainage and signage.

The project is funded by the Australian government aid programme and with a loan from the Asian Development Bank.

Source: Radio New Zealand