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ColourFest founder: we want to bring people to the northern side of Efate

Last week we have met with Tahnia Cook, managing owner of Le Life Resort, to ask her about preparations for the Colour Festival, new event hosted by Le Life Resort on the northern side of Efate, to take place on 30 September 2017.   Hi Tahnia. So tell us a little bit about the ColourFest and what it’s all about. It’s an amazing event, it’s something that is first in Vanuatu, and possibly the largest of its kind in South Pacific. We only starting it with bringing one thousand people for the event, but it’s going to be an...

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USP to build new Solomon Islands Campus

The University of the South Pacific (USP) will hold an official ground-breaking ceremony for its new Solomon Islands Campus in Honiara. Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Manasseh Sogavare, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands will be attending the event with other dignitaries including Government Ministers, Members of Parliament, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of USP Council, Winston Thompson, and representatives of USP’s development partners, at the KGVI Basketball Court on 24 August, 2017. The new campus when completed, according to Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, demonstrates the firm commitment of the Government of Solomon...

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Government hired NZ company to supervise Bauerfield airport project

The Government of Vanuatu recently announced it signed supervising engineer contract with New Zealand-based engineering group GHD Ltd for VAIP project. Minister Napat congratulated GHD for their successful selection before the signing, stating that the government will rely on their expertise to ensure that the project is implemented successfully. “We are delighted that we can source a company like yours to supervise this critically important project. This appointment is long overdue. We hope GHD can settle in quickly and commence the task at hand,” he said. Minister Napat added that with the appointment, the contractors should expedite their preparatory...

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Vanuatu hosts Basic Umpire Course

ITTF-Oceania Technical Director Graeme Ireland is at VASANOC Haus conducting a Technical Workshop for Umpires. (Photo: Courtesy of VASANOC) ITTF-Oceania Technical Director Graeme Ireland was recently in Port Vila, Vanuatu. His main purpose for the visit was as Technical Delegate for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in December, to observe the preparations for the table tennis event at the Games. During this time, Graeme Ireland took the opportunity to run a Basic Umpire Course. Vanuatu currently has no trained umpires, but requires a number to officiate at the Pacific Mini Games. The course had 12 participants, the majority of...

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Pregnant ni-Vanuatu woman died on Santo during TC Donna

In May 2017, Tropical Cyclone Donna tore through the northern provinces of Vanuatu, with torrential rains and winds of over 300 kilometres per hour – the strongest out-of-season cyclone ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere – destroying and damaging homes, crops, livestock and water systems, and forcing thousands of people into evacuation centres and caves. Amid the chaos, a pregnant woman on the western coast of Santo Island died on her way to a health facility, in a region marked by particularly daunting terrain where the few clinics that do exist can only be accessed by boat, The United...

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PNG: 150 villagers homeless after a big fire

An estimated 150 villagers left homeless after a blaze destroyed 15 homes belonging to Port Moresby’s traditional landowners on Saturday afternoon. Families in Hanuabada Village, just five minutes from downtown Port Moresby, are living under makeshift shelters, reports Pacific Beat. The villagers affected had to leave everything behind as they fled the fire, with authorities still unsure what caused it. These customary landowners of Port Moresby are forced to live in squalid conditions with their land used for development. Relief appeal center was set up by National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, who urged city residents to donate cash...

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China-funded Luganville Main Wharf handed over to Vanuatu Government

New Luganville main wharf was officially opened on Saturday, 19th of August. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai was the main guest speaker at the official ceremony. This project for the Rehabilitation and Extension of Luganville Main Wharf was started on 28th July 2015, was funded through a Concessional Loan from the Chinese Government and was built by the Shanghai Construction Group. The wharf is designed with a 360-meter-long wharf apron, the new wharf will be able to berth a 30,000 dead-weight tonnage cargo ship or a 100,000 Gross Tonnage cruise ship. This project also includes a tourism terminal, 3 warehouses,...

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Chinese-owned fish farm worth $US380 mln to be built in French Polynesia

Work to build a huge Chinese-owned fish farm on Hao atoll, French Polynesia, will begin on 9 December. The public broadcaster reported the announcement just days after a delegation of the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods arrived in Tahiti for further talks with French Polynesian leaders, RNZ reports. According to the report, 40 hectares will be initially developed which will create 250 jobs, with 95 percent of them going to locals. It says the project is worth about $US380 million. Two years ago, the company expected to be able to employ about 10,000 people, but the project had...

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PNG, Fiji and others satisfied with preparations for Van2017

The two-day Chefs De Mission meeting in Port Vila on 18-19 August regarding the Pacific Mini Games was very beneficial and informative, according to the Chefs de Mission (CDM) of Teams PNG and Fiji. Asked about their thoughts on the meeting and site visits to the Games Venues and Villages, CDM Fiji Wayne O’Connor said it was most beneficial to have face to face updates done by Van2017 presenters. “Each one of them spoke with great confidence and certainty about the Games being on,” he said. “It is wonderful to see the banners all about Igniting the Spirit, because...

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Iririki Resort to host first Vanuatu Travel Expo

The Vanuatu Tourism Office announced the first ever Vanuatu Travel Expo to be held at Iririki Resort on 2 September 2017. The objective of the Vanuatu Travel Expo is to bring the local Port Vila community to meet tourism operators from all over Vanuatu. The Travel Expo will follow the annual TOK TOK Vanuatu event which brings the largest numbers of Vanuatu Tourism Operators together. “We want to encourage our local community to get out and explore all Vanuatu has to offer. We all know that Vanuatu is home to many wonderful experiences and we want to take this...

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