Suva FC adopted by part of Luganville community at OFC Champions League

Maxwell Thaggard’s side have attended several off-field events in the area over the past few days and were hosted by the Solway Community group just outside Luganville on Thursday.

The entire squad met with families and enjoyed local cuisine before playing football with the children.

Community leader Chief Tasso Morsen welcomed the Suva delegation while Luganville’s Mayor Peter Patty urged the team to become a sister side of the town’s local side Malampa which plays in the Vanuatu league.

Vanuatu Ministry of Trade to host Santo Business Forum

“Santo as that economic hub must be realised now and engaging with the private sector and businesses from large to small, is a key interest for me to ensure continuity and growth is imminent in our country’s economic recovery,” said the Minister Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, Matai Seremaiah Nawalu.

New fire equipment for Northern Fire service in Luganville

During a recent visit to Luganville, Commissioner of Police, Robsen Iavro, received Personal Protective Equipment GP boots, heavy structural Fire Fighting Uniform and Helmets from the Australian Capital Territory Emergency Service through AFAC Pacific Partnership group.

The partnership has seen Vanuatu Fire Service, NDMO and ProMedical receive training, technical advice, surplus vehicles and equipment.

While the support has been directed mostly to Efate in the past this is the first significant donation to assist the emergency services in Santo.

Football programme for Luganville children

The programme is initiated by retired FIFA referee based with the Oceania Football Confederation, Trevor Johnson.

Jonson made recommendations to the Vanuatu Football Federation to fund the programme.

Every Saturday, boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 12 years meet to learn football skills.

They are supported by members of the community and Luganville Football Association referees.

Johnston said, “Over 50 kids are attending the programme and I want to promote this programme to other provinces in Vanuatu.”

Luganville wins Vanuatu National Schools Netball final

The team defeated SANMA 47-31 to win gold in the senior grade main final.

Luganville also finished strongly in the junior grade after displaying an entertaining performance when they defeated Tafea 21-16.

MALAMPA took third place in the senior girls’ division following a close 38-36 encounter with SHEFA 2.

It was a close battle for both teams as they showcased an entertaining attacking game but MALAMPA having crowd support advantage pulled out a winning game plan at full time.

Vanuatu’s COVID-19 vaccination drive to move to Luganville

Health Promotion Officer, Casimir Liwuslili said they are still in the process of registering names of the vaccine recipients.

“Once the list has been finalized, it will be sent to the Department of Public Health in Port Vila to order more batches of vaccines.”

Liwuslili is appealing to the public to stop spreading misinformation on COVID-19 Vaccines, especially in rural communities.

Mariculture hatchery opens in Vanuatu

Breeding programmes have begun and fingerlings are available for people who may be interested in prawn aquaculture, as well as restocking invertebrates to the wild.

The 20 million vatu facility is funded by the Vanuatu Government with the support of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Mariculture is a specialized branch of aquaculture (which includes freshwater aquaculture) involving the cultivation of marine organisms for food and other products in the open ocean of offshore aquaculture.

Fire destroys butcher on Luganville in Vanuatu

Eye witnesses and a staff of a takeaway outlet that is in the same building said the fire may have started in the kitchen.

The fire happened around 7pm on Saturday. 

Firefighters attended to the scene and managed to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings.


Light earthquake reported near Luganville, Vanuatu

The earthquake hit early morning on Monday 7 December 2020 at 2.22 am local time at an intermediate depth of 116 km. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.

Volcano Discovery monitoring service identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.6 as well.

Vanuatu’s Luganville hosts traditional canoe festival

Coordinator for the Canoe Festival, Jacques Tronquet, who is also the person behind this initiative, explained that the objective is to revive the traditional use of canoes with sails and at the same time promote canoe use for tourism purposes.

“We will have representatives from all the nearby islands to part take in this event.

According to Tronquet, those that are interested to participate were required to bring with them their canoes from their island or province of origin, or could just use a canoe on Santo.