Vanuatu women appeal to UN for help on representation

Former MP Hilda Lini made the plea on behalf of the Vanuatu Civil Society Influencing Network.

She made the appeal to Antonio Guterres while he was in the country over the weekend, asking the UN's highest ranking official help Vanuatu "get the balance right of 50 percent women in parliament".

The group also stressed the importance of making sure colonised people in the Pacific, including West Papuans, Kanaks, Tahitians and South Maluku were decolonised.


UN Secretary General visits Port Vila market vendors

On Saturday, members of the Silae Vanua Market Vendors Association (SVMVA) were able to share their experiences of how they are addressing such changes with the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres, at the Port Vila Market, during his first official visit to Vanuatu.

Defendants in Vanuatu human trafficking case lose lawyer

Sekdah Somon and Buxoo Nabilah Bibi have been detained and face more than 300 charges over their alleged trafficking of dozens of Bangladeshi men.

A group of 101 migrants have been under state care in Port Vila since November and efforts are underway to repatriate them to Bangladesh.

The defendants' lawyer, Andrew Bal, filed to cease to act on their behalf last week.

The pair have told the Vanuatu High Court they are working to get a foreign counsel to represent them.

Without legal representation, a case hearing last Tuesday was postponed until tomorrow.

UN chief praises Vanuatu government’s efforts to combat climate change

In a statement, the UN chief said climate change is now an existential threat to the Pacific countries. He called on all decision-makers around the world to show ‘enlightened self-interest’ because it is not only the Pacific that is at stake, it is the whole planet. He stressed that to save the Pacific is to save the whole planet.

During his visit, Guterres met with Tallis Obed Moses, President of Vanuatu. The two discussed the effects of climate change on the small island State and efforts being made to increase its resilience.

Vice Chancellor & President Meets USP Emalus staff

Professor Ahluwalia, who is in Vanuatu for the 88th Council meeting, thanked all staff for their contribution to the success of the University.

Staff were informed that apart from the revised New Strategic Plan (NSP) 2019-2024, he is seeking a revision of the vision, mission and value statements.

These he said, could be simplified for people to better understand it and also allow it to be uniquely Pacific, adding that education at USP should be more value-led.

Vanuatu Prime Minister opens USP’s 88th Council Meeting

In his welcome address, the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council, Mr Winston Thompson acknowledged the Prime Minister for availing himself to officiate over the opening of the meeting and addressing the Council members.

“The Council meets in member countries on a rotational basis once a year. It has met in Vanuatu before and it was a pleasure that the Council accepted the invitation by the Minister from Vanuatu to host this meeting this year,” said Mr Thompson.

USP Council is the highest decision-making body that meets to discuss the affairs of the University.

Flights to Vanuatu drop to $449 return on Virgin Australia

It's one of the cheapest international destination in the sale (only beaten by flights to Dunedin) and with return fares starting at $449 return.

Flights from Brisbane for $449 return, from Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide for $499 return and from Cairns for $649 return.

Flights are available between 10 June and 20 July 2019. And if people prefer to hold off a tad to organize or work on that holiday fund, flights are also available between 1 February and 7 March 2020.


ni-Vanuatu woman to be appointed to Supreme Court

The Daily Post reported the Judicial Service Commission has recommended Mrs Trief to be appointed as a Supreme Court Judge.

She was among 10 local and international applicants contesting the position.

Mrs Trief was Solicitor General for seven years and is also the Program Co-ordinator for a joint Vanuatu and Australian policing and justice programme.

She also served as the Secretary of the Law Council.

Mrs Trief's appointment is expected to be made official shortly with her duties scheduled to as a judge by the end of July.


Vila Marine, Energy 4 All and VAS start a partnership in Santo

VAS Santo is now fully stocked and operational with a large range of Mercury outboard motors, spare parts and marine accessories. There is also a mechanic on site for repairs if required.

Vanuatu seats re-jigged prior to 2020 election

Martin Tete said the number of seats in the Efate Rural constituency would increase by one to four, while the urban Port Vila constituency drops from six to five.

The Daily Post newspaper reported the move came in response to long-standing calls for increased representation in the rural constituency.

However the changes have been criticised by former prime minister and founder of the Melanesian Progressive Party Barak Sope, who said it was unfair at a time when the population of urban Port Vila was growing fast.