Port Vila

Vanuatu’s Freshwota market undergoes renovation

The market is located opposite the Au Bon Marche at Freshwota 1.

The market committee has temporarily closed the market for two weeks commencing this week.

The venue is reported to not have had a clean-up campaign since its establishment in 2017.

Temporary shelters are still being negotiated for market vendors to sell their produce.


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5.3-magnitude quake hits 174 km SSW of Port Vila, Vanuatu

The epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 10.0 km.

It was initially determined to be at 19.1557 degrees south latitude and 167.6016 degrees east longitude.     

Port Vila Municipal implements table fee for market vendors

Town Clerk, Peter Sakita said the price is reasonable for the vendors and the issue rests solely with transport operators.

“COVID is actually not affecting the mamas, of course in some ways, VT400 is a very reasonable price comparing to what they are collecting every day, it’s the transport they should be arguing and not the market table price.”

“I feel that there should be more consultation with the transport operators, before they use to sleep at the market and save their money from moving back and forward but now, we encourage them to go back.”

Foreign applications closed for business in Vanuatu

The agency's Chief Executive, Howard Aru, said one the responsibilities of his office was to protect the reserved business lists for indigenous ni-Vanuatu, which included such shops.

Aru said now that Parliament had made dual citizenship legal, refusing foreign investors could be a challenge.

But he said 20 years ago foreign businesses were restricted to limited areas but now there were foreign wholesale and retail operators spread throughout the capital of Port Vila.

Vanuatu tuna plant expanding to produce canned tuna

The company started last year and had been selling fish to locals, exporting fresh and frozen tuna.

The Director General for Fisheries, Moses Amos, said the government had decided to inject over $US873,000 into the joint venture to push the production of canned tuna.

The financing is part of a multi-million dollar package allocated to the productive sector.

Amos said the production of canned tuna is a step forward for Vanuatu in preparations towards disasters.

He said the factory should be able to produce over 2200 cans of tuna a day, using one ton of fish.

Vanuatu Women’s rugby to host second round of 7s competition

The Shepherds will be taking on Ovins in the first game at 4pm before the Warriors take on Ovins at 5pm.

In the first round of the competition, Shepherds held Warriors to a 10-all draw and Ovins won by default.

Tomorrow’s clash will see the top two finishing teams will battle in the final next Wednesday at Independence Park.

The competition will be held at the Independence Park in Port Vila     

Strong earthquakes rock Vanuatu

According to the United States Geological Survey website the first quake, which struck at 6:12pm, measured 6.2 on the Richter scale and occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres with its epicentre about 73 kms north north east of Port Vila.

The second measured 5.7 and hit at 6:29pm it was also at a depth of 10kms but its epicentre was a little closer at 75kms north north east of Vila.

Residents in Port Vila were shaken by quakes but so far there have been no reports of any serious damage.

Vanuatu Skate Day hosted in brand new facility

Two skateboarder friends, Andy and Mathieu, organised the event complete with a full set of custom-built wooden skate modules, which is the first skate park in Vanuatu’s history.

The event was free, skateboards were available to borrow and it was a resounding success for the boys and girls involved.

The passion for skateboarding united Andy and Mathieu in Port-Vila, so they launched an effort to develop it more, in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu school sends students home due to insolvency

Parents had stopped paying tuition fees at Donna's Elite Foundation English Grammar School in Port Vila because they believed a government subsidy covered costs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the subsidies apply only to state schools.

Students have been told they can return next week once the school has sorted the issue. 


First repatriated ni-Vanuatu return to Port Vila

The group landed at Bauerfield International Airport from Solomon Islands.

They will be placed on quarantine for 14 days in a resort outside Port Vila.

At the same time 30 Fiji nationals who had been stuck in Port Vila boarded the Solomon Airlines plane to be taken to their home.

It is expected that ni-Vanuatu in Fiji will be repatriated over the next few days.

Vanuatu has no confirmed cases of Covid-19 but has the capacity to carry out local coronavirus tests.