Vanuatu Government

Media watchdog joins calls for review of Daily Post work permit

The rights group describes the move against Vanuatu Daily Post editor Dan McGarry as disgraceful.

Mr McGarry has linked the government's decision to his reporting critical of Vanuatu's deportation of Chinese nationals to China.

Vanuatu officials have denied the rejection is political, saying the Daily Post must be headed by a ni-Vanuatu under local laws.

Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific director, Daniel Bastard, said Mr McGarry had been punished for annoying the government.

Vanuatu offered help to deal with rhino beetle

The Director General responsible for biosecurity, Moses Amos, said his ministry had received offers from New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines and Israel.

The beetle is considered a threat to the country's coconut industry and the government recently extended a state of emergency until 21 October to deal with the infestation.

Mr Amos said the offers of help showed that the international community was aware how the beetle could impact the Vanuatu.


Tanna chiefs petition Vanuatu govt to introduce death penalty

This week a funeral march took place through Port Vila with the coffin of a Tannese person who was allegedly killed by people from Ambrym.

Ten years ago, there were tensions between the two groups which saw a number of deaths and the torching of houses belonging to the people of Ambrym by an angry mob from Tanna.

A custom ceremony was held in which both parties agreed that there would be no more killings.

Vanuatu govt partners with Tanna potato farmers

The Department of Agriculture has commissioned them to concentrate on farming potatoes, distributing six tons of potato seeds for use there.

Vanuatu's Daily Post newspaper reports that Tanna is the main supplier of potatoes in the country.

Potatoes and English cabbage were among the crops introduced by French farmers during the colonial era to communities on the volcanic island, which has rich highly fertile soils.

Vanuatu Govt dealt legal blow in Parliamentary Secretary row

The Opposition accused the government of using the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries to prop up their support and effectively become a majority.

Opposition Leader Ishmael Kalsakau said it was against the spirit of the Constitution and against the rights of MPs.

He welcomed the latest ruling, calling it 'a victory for the people of Vanuatu.'

Vanuatu to discuss new casino with Laos investors

 The deputy prime minister Bob Loughman confirmed this on his return on Monday from a visit to Bhutan, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand.

He said a group of potential investors from Laos will visit Vanuatu at the end of July for more discussions.

Mr Loughman said the capital of Port Vila and Luganville on Santo in the north would be excluded as locations for any new casino because there was a need to boost growth and jobs on other Vanuatu islands.


Vanuatu Government welcomes another historic land decision

“We welcome this important decision”, said Minister of Lands Alfred Maoh.

“It that shows that the Court is prepared to remove the registration of leases over customary land that have not followed proper legal and administrative process. It is another decision which will help to clean up land leasing processes in Vanuatu and provides a legal path way for other custom owner groups who know that leases over their land also followed improper processes. ”

The court ruling was issued on 22 February 2019.

Vanuatu's government faces one of its toughest tests yet

Ministers from the Leaders Party, Jotham Napat and Matai Seremaiah, were this week sacked from cabinet, apparently because of fears about the party's growing strength within the coalition.

While the Charlot Salwai-led government has faced ructions before, these removals are the highest-ranked scalps so far.

A Facebook messenger group chat, leaked to the Daily Post, showed a number of government MPs disgruntled with the Leaders Party.

Vanuatu government to pay over ship sinking

The Vanuatu Daily Post reports the MV Kaona sank while in custody in Port Vila.

The ship has been partly submerged near Iririki Island Resort since 2013.

The court heard that the timber and cargo vessel was arrested by the country's patrol boat RVS Tukoro and detained in the harbour in 2013.

Justice Oliver Saksak ruled the port and harbour authorities had failed to keep the vessel safe from damage and loss.



Vanuatu PM defeats no-confidence motion

The vote, which followed a motion tabled by the opposition, was defeated by 38 votes to 11 votes, with one abstention.

Earlier, justifying its motion, Vanuatu's opposition listed eight acts which it said had allowed the prime minister's office to be called into question.

It said proposed constitutional amendments were poorly considered and consulted.

It alleged that the government's endorsement of income tax and the PACER Plus trade agreement was also poorly consulted and threatened the livelihoods of ni-Vanuatu and the wider economy.