Tanna

Vanuatu NDMO liaises with Health Dept for food ration distribution

The Health Department has strictly recommended this process following an investigation into reports of contaminated OKI tinned fish that were purchased as part of food rations from a shop in Port Vila.

The tinned fish was sent to families in Tanna, who were affected by ash-fall from the Yasur volcano.

Another recommendation is for authorized officers from the Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) and Ministry of Health (MoH) to confiscate and destroy all OKI tinned fish from that particular shops and others that have them on shelves.

Vanuatu NDMO liaises with Health Dept for food ration distribution

The Health Department has strictly recommended this process following an investigation into reports of contaminated OKI tinned fish that were purchased as part of food rations from a shop in Port Vila.

The tinned fish was sent to families in Tanna, who were affected by ash-fall from the Yasur volcano.

Another recommendation is for authorized officers from the Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) and Ministry of Health (MoH) to confiscate and destroy all OKI tinned fish from that particular shops and others that have them on shelves.

Tinned fish in Tanna relief packages appear to be contaminated

There are concerns that the fish contents in the cans are contaminated.

The Secretary General of the TAFEA Provincial Government Council, Joe Iautim said the fish in some cans appeared to be no longer fresh.

Mr Iautim said that out of 80 cartons of a particular brand of tinned fish sent to Tanna, 60 have already been distributed with 20 cartons still in storage.

He said they have discovered that some of them in storage are also already contaminated. They have been removed and destroyed.

Youth volunteers help distribute relief supplies in Tanna

The group distributed 252 bales of rice, 250 bundles of island cabbages and 100 bundles of mature coconut fruits.

The produce was to families in the North West of Tanna who were affected by a drought last year.

The Tafea Provincial Government bought the relief supplies.

Tafea Provincial Government’s Secretary General, Joe Iautim, who is also Controller of the EOC for Tafea, thanked all the youth volunteers for their valuable service to the province over the last two weeks.

Vanuatu's Tanna suffering from food shortages

The National Disaster Management Office said about 28,000 people are affected.

An official, Phillip Meto, said crops and food supplies have been destroyed by the ashfall from Mt Yasur.

The island was already short of food and water after a months-long drought.

     

Tanna hosts Vanuatu National Environment Week

It coincides with World Environment Day (WED) which falls on June 5 every year.

The theme for the week and WED is ‘Pollution and Climate Change’.

The team from DEPC including representatives from the Departments of the Ministry of Climate Change and Adaptation (Climate Change, Meteorology, Energy, NDMO & Geo-Hazards) will be in Tanna during the week for the event.

The team will carry out an awareness and information about the work of the Ministry and Departments with secondary schools around Tanna to help the students plan out their future career.

From Vanuatu to Los Angeles, cast & crew of Tanna prepare to head to the Oscars

But a special group of people are preparing to make the long trip from a remote island in the South Pacific Ocean to the United States and create a small piece of movie history.

They're part of the cast and crew of the movie "Tanna" which has been nominated for an Oscar.

The Australian-produced movie was filmed in Vanuatu using local people speaking their own language, and none of them had ever acted before.

The film’s Cultural Director, Jimmy Joseph Nako says his tribesmen are excited but they didn't comprehend just how big a deal an Oscar nomination is.

The tribesmen set to win an Oscar

Tanna, a tale of tragic lovers, has received Australia's first-ever Oscar nomination for foreign language film.

The film is shot in the indigenous Nauvhal language and uses an entire amateur cast selected from villagers.

Director Bentley Dean moved to island with his wife and two young children and lived there for seven months.

The villagers choose to live like ancestors, without electricity and hunting for food with bows and arrows.

The premiere was held in cyclone-flattened village with a makeshift screen made from sheets tied to banyan tree

PacWaste in Action: Postcard from Tanna, Vanuatu

Less than one year earlier, Tanna and nearby Erromango had been devastated by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam and today – almost a year on, the re-building continues.

Arson attack destroys 14 houses on Vanuatu's Tanna

A source told the Daily Post Newspaper that what triggered the violence was the theft of a pig by a man from the village.

The source says the alleged attackers ensured the men were feeling the effects of kava and would not respond to the arson.

The source says while no one died all items of value were destroyed, including animals, fruit and sandalwood trees.

Police have arrested 15 people while the victims are being housed in another village.