Vanuatu rower Rillio Rii finishes first in Men’s Single Sculls race

Rillio clocked a time of 7.49.82.

He is now ranked 30th out of 32 rowers at the Tokyo Olympics.

 Rillio finished ahead of Kuwait’s Abdulrahman Alfadhel, who clocked 8:32.67.

The event was held at the Sea Forest Waterway.


Vanuatu holds first consultation on National Tuna Industry Development Strategy

The strategy which covers 2021-2030 aims to address the issues of large-scale fishing as well as small-scale (artisanal fishers) targeting tuna to limit existing gaps.

The Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries, and Biosecurity Moses Amos said 91% of large-scale tuna vessels fishing in Vanuatu waters land their fish at overseas port and only 9% land their catch locally and they are based off in the country.

Total production for all vessels in Vanuatu waters in 2020 amounts to 8,796MT valued at 2.9billion vatu.

Vanuatu Opposition says sentence given to Lengkon is too light

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has ordered that the Lengkon pay a fine of over $US2,600 and carry out 120 hours of community work for breaching civil aviation rules.

Mr Regenvanu has urged the Public Prosecutor to appeal against the light sentence.

RNZ Pacific correspondent said the public has also criticized the leniency of the ruling on the social media.

Lengkon pleaded guilty to behaving in a disorderly manner while under the influence of alcohol on a flight from Luganville to Port Vila.

Vanuatu’s South Epi opens first ever concrete road

The 200 metres long road is the first for the area, 41 years after Independence.

South Epi Council of Chiefs Chairman, Freddy Erwaliu said the current government is the first to have attended to their grievances about needing proper roads.

“The recent road upgrade will enable a much safer movement of people from communities such as Filakara, Red Stone, Tekelele and Oreau to Toumali where the Yarsu (South Epi) Area Council is located.”

Australia sends 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Vanuatu

Minister of Health, Silas Bule, was at the airport yesterday to welcome safe and effective vaccines from Australia’s Acting High Commissioner, Clemency Oliphant.

The 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine are manufactured in Australia and are approved by the World Health Organization.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Australia has been supporting Vanuatu to respond to COVID19.

Vanuatu thanked Australia for its ongoing support to combat this crisis to ensure health security in Vanuatu and in the region.


Rio to Tokyo: Vanuatu rower's inspiring Olympic journey

In March last year, the 27-year-old was at the end of completing a three month training stint in Queensland preparing for a qualifying regatta in Korea, but it wasn't long before state lockdowns were announced and borders were shut.

"I had about two weeks left before the regatta [in Korea] and I text my coach that I needed to go back [home to Vanuatu]," he said. 

"I was lucky, very lucky because I left Brisbane and the very next day the Australian borders closed, so I managed to get out just in time, but that was quite an experience."

Vanuatu administers 24,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The doses were the first batch of the vaccine that was ordered by the Government through the COVAX facility.

The vaccine arrived in April and the vaccination roll out began on 2 June.

The Government has ordered over 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that will be arriving in batches due to a high global demand.

The Ministry of Health said it is committed to ensure all AstraZeneca vaccine doses are used before the expiry date of 31 August.

Vanuatu Police arrest homicide suspect

The suspect was apprehended at Solway in Santo on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect went into hiding on 19 July after the body of Jelinda Arukesa was found in a secluded place at Deproma in Santo.

He has been remanded in custody as investigations continue.

Police have commended the public for responding to their request for information that led to the arrest.

A Police statement issued yesterday identified the suspect as the husband of the deceased woman.


Vanuatu minister fined for being drunken nuisance on plane

Bruno Leingkon boarded a chartered aircraft last year from Pekoa airport on Santo to Bauerfield Airport on Efate while drunk.

Shortly after take-off, the female pilot was forced to turn back to Pekoa off because of the Minister's bad behaviour.

Civil Aviation in Port Vila instructed her to return to Santo for the safety of those onboard.

Our correspondent said it was reported that Leingkon opened a can of beer during the flight, knowing that it was prohibited to consume alcohol inside the aircraft.

It was also reported that the MP harassed the female pilot.

Australian navy boat to provide maritime surveillance support in Vanuatu

 The HMS Glenelg will be in Port Vila until Vanuatu receives RVS Tukoro’s replacement in a few months’ time.

The Australian High Commission in Port Vila said: “The health and safety of our Ni-Vanuatu family remains our key priority.”

“All visiting Australian Defence Force personnel are complying with COVID-19 protocols and restrictions to both countries.”

“For decades, Australia and our partners have been working together to realise our shared vision for a secure and prosperous Pacific.”