Author: Sista Magazine

SMART Sistas wants to travel to Mexico

The SMART Sistas wants to travel to Mexico in just a couple of months, but they need your help to get there. Each ticket purchased helps our team to get closer to our goal. Just 200VT for your chance to win a Home Solar System worth more than 100,000VT donated by the SMART Sistas supporters at ENERGY4ALL. The winning raffle ticket will be pulled in August during the SMART Sistas ICT Camp. Follow Smart Sistas...

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“I have been a groundbreaker for my Island, Women and Vanuatu”

Grace Molisa was born in 1946 at Lowainasasa, Ambae. She was the only child of Father Basil Mera, who died not long after she was born. Grace was the first female Political Adviser cum Secretary to Father Walter Lini, the first Prime Minister of Vanuatu, and later Political Adviser to PM Donald Kalpokas Masikevanua in his first term of office. She is President of the Vanuatu National Council of Women and a member of the USP Council and the Women in Politics national, regional and international networks.. Grace is married to Sela Molisa from Santo and has three children,...

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A big hit for gender equality

SELINA Solman is travelling from Port Vila to London to go into bat for gender equality. She is also going to bowl as well. Selina, 23, is the captain of Vanuatu’s national women’s cricket team and she is off to London to play in a special T20 cricket match next week. The match is sponsored by Fairbreak Global which is a global initiative designed to create pathways for women to have better access to opportunities, education and high level performance roles. Selina has been selected to play for the FairBreak Global XI in an exhibition T20 match on May...

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15th VNCW Conference agrees to advocate for women’s right to land

The 15th Conference of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW) ended last week at the Farea Pasifika at Mele Village outside of Port Vila after approving a wide-ranging 17-point set of resolutions aimed at strengthen the work of VNCW to better serve its purpose to help the women and girls of Vanuatu. First of all, 1. VNCW endorsed the Outcome Statement Action 1-11 of the Women’s Leadership Influencing Forum of women in parliament which was presented to the government on May 15, 2018, the 38th Anniversary of VNCW. 2. VNCW to advocate for Gender Equality and empowerment of...

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Marie Louise Milne – Sista Gat Style

Never Before Seen Photos!! Marie Louise Milne, also known as Malou, is a force to be reckoned with. The strong and unbreakable woman is the newly appointed chairwoman of town planning in Port Vila Municipality who is not afraid to use her brains and not ashamed to celebrate her island beauty. The young leader and mother is challenging boundaries and showing that yes – A WOMAN CAN DO ANYTHING! #WomensLeadership Name Marie Louise Milne Age 28 years old Where are you from? As born and bred Shefarians my family are all descendants from a certain tribe passed on from...

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New and safe way to help fight dengue, chikungunya and Zika.

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Mosquito Program (Monash University) and in partnership with the Vanuatu Red Cross society are working to help protect Port Vila communities from mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika. We have developed a public acceptance approach that will enable the World Mosquito Program and Ministry of Health gauge community support for this program in Port Vila. An important element of this model is the project launch which will bring together a cross section of the Port Vila community to be made aware of this new initiative. What we do:...

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SENIOR POLICE OFFICER REMANDED

A senior police officer was remanded yesterday afternoon, following his alleged involvement in a criminal offence. Daily Post investigations revealed that the officer is stationed at the Lenakel Police Station on Tanna. According to our sources, the senior police officer is facing one count of sexual intercourse without consent, contrary to section 90 (b2) and 91 of the Penal Code Act [CAP 135]. At the Magistrate Court yesterday, Daniel Yawha, the defense counsel representing the defendant filed a bail application however, it was refused by Magistrate Trevor Naieu, who said any bail applications should be forwarded to the Supreme Court. The case will resume on June 4 to test the evidence, prior advancing it to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the name of the officer is being withheld by police as investigations into his case are underway. Police say further details on the case will be released once investigations are completed. SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY...

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Vanuatu Teachers Union serve strike notice

Chairman of Public Service Commission (PSC), Martin Mahe, is calling on all members of the Vanuatu Teachers Union (VTU) to think twice before engaging themselves in their proposed industrial action. On May 8, the Office of PSC was served with a strike notice from the VTU. The notice gives the Commission a 30-day ultimatum to respond to their grievances or face a strike action. The 30 days will lapse on June 3. VTU demanded that the Government carry out the implementation of rectified Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) and be backdated to January 1, 2018 and also restore and backdate housing and child allowances. However, chairman Mahe says relevant authorities are working very hard to address the issue of GRT and resorting to an industrial action is not a solution. He added that parents who are paying school fees believe in the teachers and engaging in such actions would be depriving the students their right to education. Mahe explained that GRT is a government policy which was introduced to review salary scales of all government employees. “It is not an easy task,” he said. “It consumed a lot of time and most importantly, required a large portion of budget to cater for the process.” He admitted that when GRT came into effect, there has been some anomalies which saw some public servants had minor increase to their salaries while others...

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Inside the grim prisons of Vanuatu

On the side of the road heading into Port Vila town centre a woman brandishes a newspaper, hawking it to passing traffic. “JUSTICE FOR ALICE” is the arresting headline. “Who’s Alice?” I ask our colleague, Lagi Toribau, who we’re working with in Vanuatu. “She was murdered by her partner last year”, he says, quietly. It’s an infrequent crime here. We buy the Vanuatu Daily Post, and read of how the Vanuatu Supreme Court has sentenced Philip Jimmy – who was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Alice Karis – to 26 years in prison. The paper describes the medical evidence...

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Key farm scheme badly rorted, migrant workers paid $8 an hour

Tulia Roqara hoped to make enough money picking tomatoes at a farm outside Shepparton to be able set up a pastry shop back in Vanuatu. Instead, after five months of gruelling work, Ms Roqara will return home next week to her two young sons with next to nothing. She was one of a group of about 50 workers from Vanuatu paid as little as $8 an hour under what is meant to be Australia’s most stringent temporary migrant worker scheme. Speaking to the The Sunday Age from the caravan park where she has lived since December, Ms Roqara and...

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Political party formed by women following Mele VNCW Conference

A political party has been formed, following the end of the 15th national Conference of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW) held at the Farea Pasifika at Mele village on Efate. The role of the party is to help achieve 50% gender equality in every decision-making body of the country, primarily the Parliament of Vanuatu. The party named, Leleon Vanua Party (LVP), was launched by the Coalition for Gender Equality in Parliament, whose advisor former MP Hilda Lini, made the declaration of the party at the launching on behalf of the group immediately after the VNCW Congress closed....

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Minister Faces Assault Charges

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Simeon Seule, is facing several charges. According to the Court listing, a Pre-Trial Conference involving the minister is listed before Justice Olivier Saksak in the Supreme Court Chambers this morning. Police say the case relates to an incident which happened during the National Games in Luganville, Santo in December 2016. According to police, the minister reportedly asked for money from a female staff who was employed at the Youth and Sports’ Corporate Services Unit at the time. His request was reportedly rejected. Police say the minister then allegedly assaulted and threatened the female staff. She was pregnant at the time of the alleged assault. Police mentioned that one of the charges laid against the minister is intentional assault. SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY...

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Risev Sit hem i no ansa blong unaetem ol woman

Dia Edita, Plis allaoem smol speis blong mi kommen lo topik ia. Mi wan yang mama blong Vanuatu, mo mi stap lukluk wetem intres long ol risen divelopmen lo kaonsel blong ol woman. I gat fulap kommen lo sosel media afta we ol woman oli askem Gavman blong kommitim hem long 50% kota blong woman ripresenteisen long nasanol palamen. Mi wantem save se tingting ia hem i kam aot long ol woman lida blong yumi stret? o oli stap karem advaes lo nara man. Hem i simpol nomo, plis yumi no lukluk long wea tumas. Ol woman Vanuatu i...

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Reserved Seats for Women in Parliament?

Dear Editor, Women in Vanuatu made headlines recently with their call to the Government to commit to 50% representation for women in Parliament. What is stopping women from securing seats in parliament? There are many groupings of women leaders and too often the voice of women cannot be advanced at the national level because it is lost in the continuous infighting. What is stopping women from believing in themselves and translating this trust into voting for women in elections? Many political parties have announced their support and put women candidates to contest elections, yet it is obvious this support...

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Response to ‘No Reserved Seats’

Vanuatu Daily Post – I gotta say I’m disappointed. While I do not align myself at all with the Vanuatu National Council of Women, I do respect women coming together, and think that it’s pretty sad that out of the 100 + women leaders (including women municipal councilors) who attended the 15th conference of the Vanuatu National Council of Women, ONLY ONE VOICE was projected across the front page. Seriously – was the only voice of value that of Minister Napuat? Couldn’t we find anyone else, perhaps a woman leader, who was present at this women’s conference, to speak...

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Lini calls for unity among women

Vanuatu’s first woman member of parliament, Hilda Lini, has called on women throughout the country to unite with a purpose to forge ahead and play their part meaningfully in national decision making through parliamentary participation. She made the call to mark the 38th anniversary of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW), which she helped found on May 15, 1980. Addressing attendants at the commemoration ceremony at Saralana Park in Port Vila Tuesday, Ms. Lini reminded women of the struggles the women and girls endured during the pre and post- independence struggles that families went through. “You know, our independence...

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Vanuatu walks the talk – and becomes first country to ban plastic straws

It’s a Pacific island nation that has beaten the global community across the finish line with Vanuatu officially becoming the first nation in the world to legally ban the use of plastic straws. A law passed in February will see the end of single use plastic bags, polystyrene takeaway boxes and straws by July 1. As the planet addresses the threat of a “plastic ocean”, Vanuatu is mobilising to ensure a plastic bag, straw and polystyrene takeaway box-free nation. “The ban on these plastics is an opportunity for us to help protect our planet and our island paradise of...

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Vanuatu National Female Cricket Captain competes in England for Fairbreak XI

National Women’s Cricket Captain is in this Fairbreak XI and will be traveling to England in the next 10 days. This is a great achievement for Selina Solman and for women’s cricket in Vanuatu! Selina is continuing to break down barriers and pave the way for our female cricketers thanks to the support from FairBreak Global. She will playing alongside some big names in cricket including New Zealand Cricket Captain, Suzie Bates, and Former Australian Cricket Captain, Alex Blackwell, to launch the annual day of Gender Equality on the 30th of May. SOURCE: Fairbreak Global...

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Air Vanuatu’s first female pilot to fly internationally on a new ATR aircraft graduates from Massey

Katura Marae is still flying high after making history last year when she became Air Vanuatu’s first female pilot to fly internationally on a new ATR aircraft. “It’s taken me a while to complete my studies from Vanuatu, but I would not give up, and would do it the same if I had to relive it. My advice is, do something that you love, so that every day you are doing something you love, and not just for the sake of doing it. This is not the end now that I have finally completed my degree, I hope it...

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15 years of industry experience of Vanuatu’s first female construction trainer

Gail Waki Tamakam has built a career doing what she is passionate about: construction. From starting out as a graduate construction student herself at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT) in 2000, Gail has become the teacher and is now Vanuatu’s first female Building and Construction Trainer at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).  “As a female in this male domain trade for over 15 years now, I’ve seen that when I respect myself, I gained respect from my male workmates. By doing so, I enjoy working with and training them,” says Gail. “Women and girls often think about having...

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Enact 50% quota for Women in Parliament

Women leaders from throughout Vanuatu have petitioned the Government of Vanuatu to enact a 50% quota for women’s equal representation in Parliament. The petition was handed to the Acting Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Nirua, at Saralana Park yesterday, during the official segment of the celebration by Acting President of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW), Mrs. Anita Deroin, and the Country Director of Oxfam Vanuatu, Mrs. Elizabeth Faerua, to mark the 38th anniversary of the setting up of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW) on May 15, 1980. Women leaders also announced the formation of a historic new...

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Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of violence against women and a violation of human rights. We must all ensure zero tolerance to sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. This is particularly true for the United Nations which has a duty to ensure full accountability for sexual harassment. Violence against women and girls in Pacific Island countries is among the highest in the world. Evidence shows that two in every three Pacific women are impacted by gender based violence — that’s twice the global average. It creates barriers for women and girls often stopping them from completing education, maintaining professional careers...

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A time to listen to the voices of adolescent girls

A new journey awaits five young Ni-Vanuatu girls as they pack their bags for the Pacific Girl Regional Meeting which will be held in Suva, Fiji. The meeting will be held on the 12th & 13th of May followed by a stakeholders meeting on issues affecting Pacific adolescent girls. It’s no secret that young girls in the Pacific are most vulnerable to violence, where in Vanuatu alone, 94% of sexual assaults victims are female under the age of 18. The Pacific Girl Regional Meeting, supported by the Australian Government’s Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women), aims to understand...

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‘NO RESERVED SEATS NEEDED’

Women in Vanuatu can fill the nation’s Parliament with half the number of seats, they do not need reserved seats, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat, has told the leaders of women nationwide at the opening of the 15th conference of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW) Wednesday at Mele village, Efate. He said women did not need reserved seats because the women made up over half the country’s population. He said all they need is to speak as one with one language. “I know many people are coming and saying you need reserved seats. I wish...

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Solwota Sista and Smart Sista Surf Day on May 10th 2018

Yaaay our school holidays started last week so we girlys get to surf surf and surf! We have teamed up with Smart Sista to bring you the” Sistas Surf Day ” on the 10th of May (Thursday) 2018 at Pango beach starting 12pm. We will have Surf lessons by solwota sista, Dress up Expression session and lots of fun Games Pop on down to pango with a nibble for lunch, costume , your best smile, hat and swimmers. For more information, visit Solwota Sista...

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Calls to invest more in sports and disability in Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s Para-Olympic Committee is hoping the inspirational story of javelin thrower Friana Kwevira, who made history for country last month when she won the country’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal, will result in more investment in sports for people with disabilities. Kwevira won a bronze in the para-athletics womens F46 javelin at the Games on the Gold Coast. But she’d only started training in December last year after being ‘discovered’ at an identification day a few months earlier, having never picked up a javelin before. Margaret McFarlane, Vanuatu’s Para-Olympic Committee President says the obvious talent, and subsequent success of...

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Countdown to Launching of 4-Year ‘Respect’ Campaign

World Vision Vanuatu is pleased to announce the launch of its four-year campaign ‘It takes respect to create a safer’ Vanuatu on Thursday, 10 May from 4 to 8pm at Saralana Park, Port Vila. The campaign will focus on the important issue of healthy relationships between young men and women. The Bislama slogan for the campaign is ‘Rispektem yuwan, rispektem naraman’. The campaign aims to help young people understand their rights and the rights of others in relation to consent and feel empowered to take a stand against sexual violence to create a safer Vanuatu. There will be plenty...

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The day a stranger thought my dad had stolen me

Amy McQuire on growing up looking white but feeling black – and how a visit to her other homeland, Vanuatu, changed everything It has become one of those family anecdotes: the time a stranger thought my dad had stolen me. Dad was walking around a shopping centre in Liverpool, where I was born and lived for a few months in infancy, when a perplexed man came up to him and asked, “Is that your baby?” He was worried I had been kidnapped. I don’t know if that would happen today, given how diverse western Sydney is, but back then...

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Mama’s Laef group wins grant

THE Mamma’s Laef group in Vanuatu has won a significant grant from Frontier Innovators, an initiative of the Australian Government. Mamma’s Leaf is a Pango-based organisation that produces reusable sanitary pads and provides reproductive health education in schools and communities. They applied to Frontier Innovators last year and were one of the 15 winners. At this stage Mamma’s Laef have not been told the size of the grant. “The grant will support us a lot in the administration of the organisation and a bigger working space,” said Jack Kalsrap who, together with his wife Mary, started Mamma’s Laef. “We...

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“And Now There are Six”: New Pacific HEROWINS Comic Launched !

There are now six Women’s Weather Watch HEROWINS communicating the message of Participation for Preparedness, Prevention and Protection with Dignity thanks to the latest and sixth issue of the ‘HEROWINS’ series published by femLINKpacific. The new characters from Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu represent the solidarity and collaboration of the GPPAC Pacific network who continue to shed light on the inclusion of diverse women at all decision making levels, including in Humanitarian crises. Titled “Connections” it amplifies the messages of inclusive preparedness, protection with dignity and the vital role of appropriate and accessible information and communication systems: “The messages...

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Dr. Annette Garae awarded the ‘Best Performing Post Graduate Diploma in Child Health student’ at the University of PNG Medical Faculty

New Zealand High Commission congratulates Dr. Annette Garae for being awarded the ‘Best Performing Post Graduate Diploma in Child Health student’ at the University of PNG Medical Faculty, Taurama. The postgraduate diploma is the first level of study Dr. Garae needs to obtain her Master of Medicine specialising in Child Health. Annette’s study is funded by the New Zealand Regional Development Scholarship programme. She now begins the next phase of her study programme and we wish her the very best for this academic year. SOURCE: NEW ZEALAND HIGH COMMISSION...

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The Search for the Elusive Female Chiefs of Vanuatu – Island Life mag

For over 100 years, researchers, writers and anthropologists have agreed that there are no female chiefs in Vanuatu or even Melanesia. Writing in 1914, William Rivers in his History of Melanesian Societystated that on Pentecost, females had prefixes to their names indicating differences in rank, but he firmly stated that this was “not connected with any organization resembling the Sukwe” – the male chiefly system. And this was the closest that women came to chiefly status. His analysis has prevailed, down to the present. So I was quite shocked when over pizza at Nambawan Café a couple of years...

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Accountability and accountancy in Vanuatu – Nirose Silas does the sums

Taking personal and professional learnings from her time with Women’s Leadership Initiative and a master’s at QUT, Nirose Silas aims for a top job in Vanuatu —as well as lifting women into senior government and public sector roles in her country. With around 20 years of work in government finance under her belt, Nirose Silas says that dealing with politicians has been challenging but rewarding work: ‘Patience and respect played a lot in here.’ Her work with Australia Awards Women’s Leadership Initiative mentor, the Hon. Nola Merino, has been less challenging and more collegiate: an exchange of ideas around...

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Vanuatu women weave colonial-era tools with business skills to get ahead in hat trade

Rosie Boylan’s bespoke hats have featured in glamorous Hollywood films, on fashion runways and magazine covers but she also finds great reward in sharing her skills with Pacific island communities. Over the past several years the Sydney-based milliner has been working with disadvantaged women in rural areas of Vanuatu to build their business skills and improve the products they can sell. “They’re brilliant weavers and make the most wonderful bags and mats which are part of their tradition,” Ms Boylan said. She is now encouraging them to adapt their existing skills to create handwoven pandanus hats and expand their...

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Pacific isle has its first-ever proud grad in Turkey

The first-ever student from the Pacific island of Vanuatu to graduate from a Turkish university expressed her joy, saying she wants to use what she learned to be an economist or teach business. Maureen Paul, who just earned her master’s degree at Gazi University in the capital Ankara, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday that she come to Turkey under the scholarship program under the state Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB). Paul came thousands of miles to Turkey from her country, which is located west of Fiji, southeast of the Solomon Islands, and is home to over...

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CRY FOR JUSTICE

The bereaved parents of Florence Iaruel, the six-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted, raped and murdered at Etas last week are calling for justice for the senseless murder of their daughter. The late Florence was their second child and only daughter. She attended Preschool at Etas Grace primary School. Her body was discovered by one of her uncles at around 6am last Wednesday, near a creek at Etas area. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Post, her heartbroken parents said they still could not come into terms with how their young innocent child could become the victim of...

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Florence Lengkon awarded US Women of Courage award

Port Vila: Here’s our 2018 Ambassador’s Woman of Courage finalist from Vanuatu, Ms. Florence Lengkon. Florence is recognized for her work in fighting gender-based violence in her country. Photo: Florence Lengkon (left) with Embassy Alumni Coordinator Esther Sibona. SOURCE: US Embassy...

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Relvie Poilapa – Women To Watch

If you ask Relvie Poilapa what her greatest success is in her professional life, she will say it is working with VAN2017. “It was a group effort,” she insists. “It was only afterwards when the Pacific Mini Games was over, that I felt like, ‘Phew. It worked. Cool.’” As the Community Relations and Events Coordinator for VAN2017, Relvie’s job was to “to basically build the momentum towards the Games.” This ranged from coordinating programs such as the primary school Champion’s program to organizing side events to launching Em Pawa on FM107, Vanuatu’s first show focusing on empowering women. “People...

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Drinking alcohol – what are your rights and responsibilities?

In the first two and half months of 2018, police recorded 59 road traffic offences that involved collisions, crashes or accidents. Five of the accidents were fatal and most of the accidents were alcohol-related involving Hyundai buses and male drivers of between 18 to 25 years old. In Vanuatu, there is very little awareness on how to drink responsibly. While there are occasional workshops run by police or posters at youth centers, the ongoing advocacy calling for responsible drinking is non-existent. It is common to find people under 18 drinking at nightclubs or being able to purchase alcohol underage from...

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MURDER SUSPECT OF SIX YEAR OLD GIRL REMANDED

A man has been charged with Intentional Homicide following the death of a six year old Tannese girl at Etas area last week, Police confirmed. The suspect whose identity is being withheld by authorities was taken into custody and is expected to appear before the court shortly. Police CID team attended the crime scene on April 18 and confirmed the girl was already dead and that she died from multiple injuries to her body. Daily Post is informed that a pathologist has also conducted an autopsy on the deceased’s body to determine the cause of her death. The coroner’s findings cannot be disclosed by the police at this stage.  Authorities confirmed investigations into this brutal incident is still ongoing. SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY...

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Aniasuas-Mol Coop Processing and Preservation Workshop

Representatives of a Farmers Cooperative called Aniasuas-Mol Cooperative consisting of members representatives from Banana Bay, Eton, Teouma, Eratap, Port Vila and Rangrango are attending a weeklong Food Processing and Preservation Workshop at Club Hippique this week. Organised through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement between ni Vanuatu rising farmer and entrepreneur Jack Loughman, 34, the Cooperative, Department of Trade and Cooperative and the Department of Food Standard Bureau, the participants are trained to process and value add about 20 different kinds of products and showcase them on location on April 24. “The whole purpose of this training is to...

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Sports Minister says ‘I didn’t get informed’ about arrival of Commonwealth medal winners

The Minister of Sports Simeon Seule has responded to yesterday’s article in the Daily Post (issue #5382) which questioned his absence during the arrival of Team Vanuatu Tuesday evening. Minister Simeon said the reason why he wasn’t at the airport was because he wasn’t informed of the arrival of the athletes, hence the reason why he didn’t come to greet them. The Sports Minister explained: “I’m not sure about them coming, because i was at a Commonwealth meeting and will be arriving late, i wasn’t informed of their coming.” According to the Sports Minister, he attended a Sports Minister’s...

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Re: Breaking the Glass Ceiling-Women in Politics

Dear Editor, Women representation in a country depicts a healthy economy growth. Currently, we are seeing women breaking through the ‘glass ceiling’ in politics and organizational bodies, though it is a positive change yet not enough support is given to our women and girls as we see high rates women facing discrimination and domestic violence. I come from a patrilineal society where men are the heads and are the decision makers, yet I must say that most of these decisions are influenced by the women-many will have opposed to this but that’s a fact. Thus, for women to take up...

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Reserve Seats for Women by 2020

Dear Editor, As a Ni-Vanuatu female student studying Principles of Good Leadership and Governance at the University of the South Pacific, it always saddens me to see the representations of women in Vanuatu’s political arena so lacking compared to other Pacific Island regions. In past years, most women who were regarded as leaders in communities had tried hard to secure a seat in parliament. During the last general election in 2016, ten women contested. Unfortunately none of them was elected even though some contested for their political parties and some as independent candidates. Minister of Justice, Ronald Warsal, publicly...

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Poor turnout to welcome Commonwealth Games athletes

They made history by winning Vanuatu’s first ever medals at a Commonwealth Games event, but the turnout at the airport to welcome the country’s Commonwealth Games medalists and Team Vanuatu yesterday evening was very poor. Less than 50 people were present to welcome the very people who were flying Vanuatu’s flag at the Games. The crowd comprised proud families, friends, coaches, managers, and staff from VASANOC and the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Director General of Sports arrived approximately 20 minutes after the arrival of the athletes, who waited for him inside the VIP Lounge. The Minister of...

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Margret Firiam retires after 23 years on Air Vanuatu airline

Thank you Margret Firiam, we will surely miss you in our beautiful sky. Margret has decided to retire after 23 years of loyal service to the national airline as a cabin crew and operated her last flight yesterday to/from Sydney. We thank all the passengers for your tremendous support as Margret was very emotional on her last flight. She is one of our most prominent flight attendants and very well known by most of our frequent travelers. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Margret and wish her all the best in her new role in Air...

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Winny Marango – Sista Gat Style

Winny Marango was recently awarded as the 2018 Highly Commended Runner Up for the Queens Young Leaders Award. A single mother who works for CARE International, runs her own online fashion shop and has aspirations to one day set up her own NGO, this island queen is slaying and manifesting all kinds of magic in her life. Shooting at Ramada Resort, we are pleased to celebrate this natural beauty and capture her at this exciting stage in her life. Name: Winny Marango, but my friends call me Nasha. Age: I’m in my Mid 20’s. Occupation: I am the Senior...

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UNICEF and New Zealand government sign NZ$7 million partnership to improve children’s health in the Pacific

SUVA, 16 April 2018 – Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) signed a NZ$7 million agreement to support the prevention and reduction of newborn mortality in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The ceremony was attended by H.E. Mr Nikenike Vurobaravu, High Commissioner of the Republic of Vanuatu, and H.E. Mr. John Patteson Oti, High Commissioner of the Solomon Islands in Fiji, and Acting Head of Mission of the Republic of Kiribati, Mr David Teaabo, with partners committing to support health interventions in the first 1,000 days...

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Vanuatu claim beach volley bronze

Vanuatu is celebrating a second Commonwealth Games medal after their women’s beach volleyball team beat Cyprus in the playoff for bronze. Miller Pata and Linline Matauatu were in complete control at Coolangatta Beach, winning in straight sets 21-14 21-10. After playing together on the Beach Volleyball World Tour, in the Pacific Games and at World Championships, Linline Matauatu said they didn’t feel any added pressure with a medal on the line. “We’ve been around the world for a long time,” she said. “We missed the Olympics so for Commonwealth Games we do a lot of training to get any...

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Herstory our history- Vanuatu’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal

In a packed Carrara Stadium, watched by 25,000 spectators, 19 year old Friana Kwevira from Nduindui Village on West Ambae won a bronze medal in the F46 Javelin, throwing 24.54 metres to win Vanuatu’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal. Friana had only been identified as a potential parathlete in April 2017 as part of a Vanuatu Paralympic Committee (VPC) Provincial Outreach & Awareness initiative held in Luganville. The Talent Identification Program, supported by AGITOS and the Oceania Paralympic Committee, aims to try to encourage people living with a disability to engage in sport to improve healthy lifestyles, community attitudes...

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Some Shefa Chiefs stayed away Royal Visit

The visit of HRH the Prince of Wales was an historic day for Vanuatu and a truly memorable day for the thousands of ni-Vanuatu and Port Vila residents who packed the front of Bauerfield Airport International Terminal, lined the streets and venues of the visit on Saturday, April 7. It can be said that it was a successful day for organizers including the Malvatumauri national council chiefs in terms of cultural and traditional protocol at all four venues of the visit. The arrival at the airport, where Penama chiefs featured prominently; the Presidential Office, where chief of Malampa played...

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WOMAN LONG TAEM BLO WAN DISASTA

Long taem blo eni disasta, ol famili o pipol oli muvmuv. Oli muv igo long nara ples, o haos, o haos blong olgeta ino gat. Ol garen blong olgeta inomo kat, maet win, o wora o volkano itekemaot. Hemya imekem se fulap taem ol famili oli gat fulap wariness long olgeta. Mo taem oll gat ol kaen filing olsemya bae imekem se oli save kros, oli sik, oli kilim olgeta wan, o igat ol domestik vaelens. Fasin blong yumi long ol komiuniti blong yumi, ol gel mo woman nao oli viktim long ol kaen aksen ya, fromwe olgeta oli...

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Civil Society Organizations oppose same sex marriage

Leaders of the churches, the chiefs, women and the youth have begun signing a petition opposing same sex marriage in Vanuatu. The signing ceremony was held at the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) offices in Port Vila Friday during which the first signatures on the petition were by the Chairman of the VCC, Pastor Allan Nafuki, the Vice Chairman, Bishop John Bosco, the Executive Director of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCU) Leiasmanu Cullwick, and Pastor Simon Aki, the Chairman of Port Vila Ministers Fraternal. Leaders of the Malvatumauri council of chiefs and their members will sign later on...

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Case of driver involved in late Sylvie Sam’s death committed to Supreme Court

The young driver, Emile Yaruel who is the prime suspect in late Sylvie Sam’s death has had his case committed to the Supreme Court. Yaruel is implicated in four collective counts related to traffic offenses. At the preliminary Inquiry into the case, the court heard that Emile was under the influence of alcohol when he was driving the bus with another friend of his, sometimes in January 6, 2018. Passengers on the bus were the deceased and her boyfriend. The prosecution conveyed in court that the bus was on its way to Etas when late Sylvie and her boyfriend were arguing. When the deceased fell off the bus, and rolled beneath the bus, the defendant stopped the bus and checked her and noticed that she was still breathing. He then drove away and another vehicle picked up the deceased and transported her to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Yaruel’s bail has been extended to May 7, 2018, the date scheduled for his plea in the Supreme Court. Senior Magistrate, Moses Peter, has granted bail variation which permitted the young father of two children to drive his bus and earn income for his small family. He is permitted to drive his bus only on the conditions that he provides transport services from 5am to 11pm daily, and refrains from consuming alcoholic beverages when driving. SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY...

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We want our space back: Handicraft vendors

Handicraft vendors at the overcrowded main market in town will protest if they are not given a space elsewhere in Port Vila to sell their crafts by the end of this month. President of Ni Vanuatu Arts and Craft, Josephine Fred, conveyed this to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Andrew Napuat, on his visit to the main market with Mayor Albert Sandy and councillors following the formation of the new Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC). President Fred said they felt that they are blocking space for other vendors. These vendors have been selling their items under booths along the...

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Vanuatu Council of Trade Unions President calls Gov’t GRT a ‘mockery’

The President of the Vanuatu Trade Unions, Loreen Bani, has labelled the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) salary increase for public servants as a ‘mockery’. She made the comment while welcoming the visiting International Labor Organization (ILO) Regional Director, Donglin Li, at the Vanuatu National Workers Union headquarters in Port Vila. “Comrade Li, you may not be aware of the latest GRT in Vanuatu, the increase in the salaries of public servants, which was presented by the GRT is a mockery. I say again, it’s a mockery to the tripartite system, she said. “Why I say this is because the...

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JUSTICE FOR ALICE

  The Supreme Court has sentenced Philip Jimmy, the man found guilty of murdering his girlfriend — Alice Karis to 26 years in prison. Jimmy, who was convicted of the premeditated murder of the late Karis on March 9, was sentenced yesterday. In his judgement, Supreme Court Judge David Chetwynd emphasized on the seriousness of the offence. He said taking another person’s life is the most serious offence in the criminal law and a sentence should reflect that. “There is a need to adequately punish the defendant for what he has done, said the Supreme Court Judge. “There is...

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Commonwealth must unite behind most climate vulnerable

Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and India can all use the upcoming Commonwealth meeting to show their commitment to a zero carbon world This year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was supposed to have been held in our home country of Vanuatu, deep in the South Pacific. Instead it will open this April in London, and for that we can – in part – blame our changing climate. Thousands of miles away our islands are still recovering from the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Pam in 2015, which tore through our communities, crippling our infrastructure and impacted on at...

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Natasha Leo Vira is promoted to QBE Manager

Easter Monday witnessed a quiet family celebration at Minister Vanuaroroa Ham Lini’s residence. Vanuaroroa Ham Lini’s niece, Natasha Leo Vira have been promoted to the position of QBE Manager. Natasha is a lawyer, graduated at the USP law school some years ago. QBE discovered her potential when she was still a student and on one occasion took up a holiday job with the company. They recruited her after her graduation and in February 2018 they were convinced of her outstanding ability. They organized an occasion and offered if should would agree to be assigned the top post. This was...

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Gov’t will help relocate Waluwebue villagers: Korisa

The Government is looking at assisting the people of Waluwebue on Ambae relocate after the devastating flash flood. Manager of Operations at the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), Peter Korisa, confirmed this. It is likely the entire village will relocate. Almost all houses in the village were destroyed. Everything in the village was swept away, leaving behind a few remains of concrete buildings. So far, the government, with the support of partners such as Red Cross Vanuatu and Save the Children, has been supporting the PENAMA Provincial Government Council (PPGC) to help the victims recover. A fund has been allocated...

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ONE DEAD, ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED

One teenager is dead and another is fighting for his life after two separate alcohol-related accidents on Santo over the long Easter weekend. Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH)’s Consultant Surgeon, Dr Basil Leodoro confirmed that both teenagers were under the influence of alcohol at the time of their accidents. “I can confirm that we lost a teenager over the Easter weekend due to severe injuries that he sustained to his head and chest and the nature of the accident and the circumstances surrounding the crash have been left to the Police but witnesses have confirmed that the driver and the...

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Vanuatu beach volleyballer Miller Pata to compete at Commonwealth Games just months after giving birth

Elite-level coaches and support staff changing a baby’s nappies courtside is not what you expect to see at a locked-down Commonwealth Games venue just days out from competition. But such is the case for Vanuatu’s beach volleyball team, who are juggling wet wipes and prams with the demands of gunning for a gold medal. Miller Pata is the mother of seven-month-old Tommy, her second child, and she’s also the on-court partner of Linline Matauatu as the pair attempt to win a medal for the first time in the country’s history. And they are in with a decent chance, with...

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Is a seat at the table enough?

By Tess Newton Cain, Principal of TNC Pacific Consulting When it comes to promoting the role of women in political leadership, Vanuatu is playing a very important role in the wider Pacific region. Not at the national level, obviously. But at the municipal level, we now have 11 elected councillors who are women – 6 in Port Vila and 5 in Luganville. In 2015, I worked with the Department of Women’s Affairs and the Pacific Leadership Program to look at women councillors’ experience of being involved in municipal elections and working as councillors. There is more work to be...

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Crimes against women escalating: Tahi

The Women Crisis Center has reported 3,667 cases from its six sub-centers throughout the country over six months of 2017, according to the Vanuatu National Coordinator, Marylin Tahi. She said the number of cases reported through its Head Office in Pory Vila and the sub-centers is escalating. “Every day the Head Office receives six to seven cases. These are not just females bringing their cases against male for one form of crime against women, but also males reporting such cases as wives defecting or seeking another male partner which is also on the rise,” said Tahi. “With the Center 24 Hour online phone call, the Center is also busy 24 hours around the clock recieving complaints by both female and male partners seeking counselling and or legal solutions and even spiritual Counselling to their problems,” said Tahi. The Center is equipped with 500 male advocates throughout the country who have been trained to carry out awareness amongst the male population of the country on good behavior and respect for women and young girls and at the same time, also provide counselling and reporting of cases back to the Head Office in Port Vila, Tahi explained. She added that the Center has set up and running 40 Special Committees across the country that handle cases which are sensitive and require the services of more than one staff to deal with....

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OVER 100 DISPLACED

115 people from Waluwebue village in north Ambae have managed to escape to safety, after a flash flood triggered by heavy rainfall on Saturday night. Sadly, some of their houses were swept away, leaving them without shelter. But the important thing is all of the people are safe. The flash flood tore a path through vegetation, and swept buildings and properties down to the coast. The only church building in the community was destroyed, as well as the community meeting hall and all classrooms of Naleleo Primary School. 115 people from 29 households were affected. 10 houses are badly damaged and...

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Leimalo Surf Festival

The Vanuatu Surfing Association (VSA) has kicked off its second annual Leimalo Surf Festival at Pango village, which runs over the Easter break. The Surf Festival is the country’s largest international surfing competition with contestants from Australia, Samoa, New Caledonia, Japan and Fiji competing for prize money against Vanuatu’s local surfers from Pango, Pele, Eratap, Nguna, Tanna and Efalias. The festival, like the VSA’s M.O, utilizes the sport as a conduit to spread important social messages through ancillary events and activities ongoing during the festival. It encompasses five days of intense competition, an ongoing art exhibition at foundation Suzanne...

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Merilyn Tahi receives Commonwealth Award

To receive a colour portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace is one thing but to receive a note from the British Monarch herself with her personal signature at the bottom, is indeed something unique and undoubtedly, this was how Vanuatu’s Director of Women’s Centre, Merilyn Tahi felt when the Queen advised her of her nomination for the Commonwealth’s 40th Point of Light Award which she received on March 28. The message read, “In recognition of your exceptional service over 30 years campaigning for women’s rights and supporting thousands of victims of gender-based violence, you are presented with...

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Cervical Cancer Screening impacts rural and urban Santo communities

If you have a mother, sister, cousin or other female relative that you value and love, acting on the information you read in this article could save her life. “Two nurses, Nellie Olul Masing and Jerol Sakita, from the Vila VFHA Branch, visited Jarailan Village Aid Post in South Santo from 19th to 20th of March, to carry out a Cervical Cancer Screening,”Christian Bule, a representative from Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) SANMA branch, told Daily Post. “Mamas from the neighbouring villages of Narango and Belmal also attended which increased the number of mamas screened up to 80. They...

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Merilyn Tahi awarded Commonwealth Point of Light 40

Merilyn Tahi, representing Vanuatu, founded the ‘Vanuatu Women’s Centre’ in 1992 and has been a leading women’s rights campaigner for over 30 years. The ‘Vanuatu Women’s Centre’ provides legal support, counselling, and temporary shelter to over 400 women a year who are victims of gender-based violence. Merilyn was the recipient of the ‘Woman of Courage’ award by the US Government in 2009 for her work tackling violence against women and children in Vanuatu. In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam in 2015, the centre established a partnership with ‘ActionAid Australia’ to provide additional support, sanitary supplies, and safe spaces for...

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STRONG: Woman Blong Vanuatu photo exhibition at Seafront

Blo letem yumi evriwan i save nomo se Photo Exhibition hemi bin launch last week long Hotel Rossi blong selebratem Intenasonal Dei blong ol woman we hemi no bin hapen last time from TC Hola. Thank you lo Kavman blong Ostrelia blo sponsorem event ia wetem ol bigman blong yumi olsem hae comissioner blong Ostrelia long Vanuatu – Jenny Da Rin, direkta blong DWA – Dorosday Kenneth Watson, Hon. Ralph Regenvanu mo representative blo UN Women – Betty Toa. Ol photo ia oli stap lo sea front mo pablik hemi save go luk mo save ol strong woman blo...

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Vanuatu Women In Maritime Association launched

An association of Vanuatu women in maritime has been launched after years of work towards achieving this aim. VANWIMA, the Vanuatu Women in Maritime Association, was launched Monday by the Minister for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Jotham Napat, who is minister responsible for maritime services. The launching came at the opening of the Maritime, Safety and Energy Efficiency Workshop at The Melanesian hotel in Port Vila. Mr Napat said he believed the establishment of VANWIMA will help manage and clear paths for Vanuatu women to serve in the maritime sector. “It will work inclusively for the sustainable development of...

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Empowering Women and Young Girls – Letter to Daily Post

Dear Editor, I am a Ni-Vanuatu woman and a concerned mother. I commend the Vanuatu Government, through the Department of Women’s Affairs for its initiative to develop and officially launch the National Gender Empowerment Policy in 2016. I believe that this policy has paved a way forward to women and girls empowerment in decision making and other areas of their lives. It is very crucial that all stakeholders who are promoting the empowerment of women and girls work in collaboration so that changes can be understood and achieved in our society. In the culture of the Pacific island nations, women are treated as second best. It is a norm that men are leaders and women must follow. Hence, women are ranked as second best in leadership roles and community responsibilities. This mentality has also crept into other systems of society as well; for example the education system, the political system, the workforce and many more. In Vanuatu, men are usually favoured over women in many aspects of life. Very often women are afraid to speak up for themselves. The harassment of women and girls is also on the rise, which often leads to bigger social issues such as rape, teenage pregnancy, broken homes and many more other cases. In my personal view, women and girls empowerment begins at home. Fathers and mothers should be role models to their children...

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Vanuatu: Another Kind of Wealth

In the language of modern economics, the small island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific is labeled one of the world’s ‘least developed countries’. At the same time, Vanuatu has ranked number one on the pioneering Happy Planet Index. This incongruity points to major issues with today’s standard measures of human progress, and has many policymakers rethinking notions of wealth and how they shape development policy. Video made by the...

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Language lessons from the happiest place on Earth – Vanuatu and Bislama by Tess Walraven | TEDxBasel

Have you ever heard of the country Vanuatu? Most people couldn’t even find it on a map. Tess Walraven not only shares facts about the “happiest place on earth,” but also teaches us some of the Bislama language as well! Tess is an architect currently working at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel since 2013, right after graduating from EPFL. She is of French and Dutch origin, yet born in the USA. Eager to explore various cultures, she has lived in France, Switzerland, Sweden, Colombia, Australia and Vanuatu. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED...

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Jane Joshua and Jenny Nierre win 2018 International Women’s Day awards

The winners of the 2018 International Women’s Day awards are journalist and editor, Jane Joshua, from Malekula and teacher, Jenny Nierre from Tanna. Jane Joshua was awarded the 2018 Hanson Mataskelekele — Women in Leadership Award for her outstanding role as an active senior journalist in Vanuatu. Jane has extensively covered important development issues in Vanuatu, including stories that made the international news. Recently, Jane was promoted to Chief Editor at the Vanuatu Daily Post. Jenny Nierre was awarded the 2018 Andy Lynch – Excellence in Community Sector Award for her passion, determination and commitment to teaching despite having...

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Woman Hemi Gat Power Blong Makem Laef

Selection of poetry from the collection Art Blong Mi, Heart Blong Mi by Yasmine Bjornum, featuring at Alliance de Francaise for International Women’s Day 2018.   Sapos hemi tru se ‘Man is made is God’s image’ Mi luk se hemi ol woman Wea hemi moa klosap long image blong God From ol man hemi no gat power Blong makem laef Hemi ol woman nomo   Sapos hemi tru se ‘Woman came from man’s rib’ From wanem mi no luk Wan baby hemi kam aot long wan rib? Hemi ol woman wea hemi gat power Blong bonem baby Mo giv kaikai...

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“LEIMALO” a surf and ocean exhibition opens on Wednesday 28 March 2018

“LEIMALO” a surf and ocean exhibition will be opening at 5pm, on Wednesday March 28, 2018 at Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery on Pango Road. Featuring works by Jean Pierre Niptick, Gideon Arudali, Arlene Bax, Marie St Hilaire, Esmie Jimmy, Holly Pepper, Narsong Taleo and more. The exhibition celebrates and explores the strong connection surfing and the ocean has in Vanuatu with community, culture and life through art. The art of surfing was the sole focus of last year’s Leimalo exhibition. This year sees the exhibition exploring our oceans as not only a playground for surfing but how it also...

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New Lord Mayor

The new Lord Mayor of Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) is Vanua’aku Pati (VP) Councilor, Albert Sandy Mambo. The new Deputy Lord Mayor is the Green Confederation Party Councilor, Eric Festa. Their elections took place yesterday morning when the 17 new Port Vila councilors convened for the first time after their successful elections as new councilors who will hold office for the next four years. All 17 councilors were present yesterday morning during the elections of the new Lord Mayor and the new Deputy Lord Mayor, witnessed by the Minister of Internal Affairs Andrew Napuat, who is responsible for...

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Frustrated teachers approach ministry with GRT concerns

Teachers in Port Vila frustrated about ongoing salary anomalies have approached the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) for clarification. They felt they are not being given the right information on the new salary scale implemented by the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) and demanded the MOET to come clear on how long their complaints and concerns will be addressed. They questioned the removal of their benefits such as housing and child allowances. They (teachers) claimed that the new government salary scale is discriminating to them in the sense that some have seen reduction in pay while others an increase. Some said what they are getting now is lower compared to what they have been getting before under the previous pay scale. This GRT issue is affecting the teachers’ morale. Apart from the vital role they play in the classrooms, teachers are parents who are also striving to pay school fees and make ends meet. In their recent meeting with the MOET and Teaching Service Commission (TSC), they (teachers) told the Chairman of TSC Alexander Derick, Director of Education Roy Obed and heads of various departments to put themselves in their shoes and help solve their problems. They stressed they did not go to dispute the GRT process rather, they want justice. Director of Education Services, Obed, explained again that the MOET did not create this GRT issue however, it...

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Praise Water, Praise Woman – Poetry

World Water Day Praise Water, Praise Woman Woman Vanuatu is the rain That falls on the crops Which feed the home   Woman Vanuatu is the river That runs through villages Used to wash and cook   Woman Vanuatu is the ocean That connects the islands Which define Ni-Vanuatu culture And unite the people   Like water, We assume that Woman Vanuatu will always give Even when we take too much from her spring And dry her rivers and pollute her seas   Like water, We expect Woman Vanuatu to flow, To heal, to nourish, To run from the...

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Kumala Salad – The Nutrition Centre

Kumala Salad Wanem nao yu nidim 5 kakae blo yam we yu kukum i tan finis mo katem lo box 1 cup blo spring onion we yu katem i smolsmol 1 cup homemade mayonnaise 1 plastic tomato katem i smolsmol 1 cucumber – kutem long lo box   Hao nao blong mekem Insaed long wan klin dish, mixim evri vegetabol mo kumala. Afta yu kapsaedem homemade mayonnaise i ko antap long hem mo yu mixim gud. Nao ia i redi blo yu save servem. Try it with homemade mayonnaise!  This recipe was provided by the Wan Smolbag Nutrition Centre....

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Mayonnaise – Nutrition Centre

Mayonnaise   Wanem nau yu nidim 1 smol pis garlic pilim mo choppem Sol mo pepper 2 yellow blo ek 1tsp skin blo lemon (rasrasem) 1 tsp mustard 1 tsp vinegar 250ml soya oel (o wan cup) 2tbsp jus blo lemon   Hau blo mekem Crushem garlic, go kasem taem we i sopsop gud, mixim wetem wan pinch sol mo kasem i go long wan dish wetem yellow blo ek, skin blo lemon, mustard, vinegar mo pepper. Kapsaedem oel insaed long wan measuring jug, mo kasem sloslo i ko mix wetem ek mix, mo tantanem oltaem wetem wan whisk. Mekem...

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What is slut shaming?

One of the first things a teenage girl is taught when she enters puberty is how to dress. So as not to give the ‘wrong impression’, a ‘proper’ young lady doesn’t wear particular clothing that is outside of societal expectations and if she decides to wear something revealing, she may be considered to be ‘unladylike’. One derogatory term that is often used is ‘slut’. We’ve all heard the word. We’ve all probably said it too. But is a woman really a ‘slut’ if she chooses to dress a certain way? Even if a woman is sexually promiscuous, does she...

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Gudfala fasin blong krossem rod

Skul hemi start bak agen. Yu mas make sua se pikinini blong yu hemi save gud fasin blong krossem rod from taem skul hemi start, i gat fulap truk long rod. Hemia wan smol toktok wea yu save talem long ol pikini bifo olgeta hemi stap wokboat.     Stop Bifo yu krossem rod, yu must wet fastaem. Sapos yu wan pikinini, holem han blong mami or dadi blong yu.  Luk Taem yu redi blong krossem rod, lukluk ko long left, afta lukluk ko long raet, afta lukluk ko long left saed bakagen blo mekem sua se nogat truk...

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Committees at work on Pentecost

Bulvanua, through Rosalie Vatu, has set up ten working committees on North Pentecost and one on South Pentecost, to coordinate weaving, revive those weaving patterns which are still practiced by only a few, and organise workshops to train other producers how to weave those patterns to produce quality products. That is the duty of the working committees tasked by Rosalie Vatu on her recent visit to her native island. “Apart from the kava farmers, the majority of people have no market for their products including their garden produce”, she says. She has found that people have not replanted coconut...

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Behind the scenes of Sista Gat Style with Marie Boe

It was a busy Friday afternoon and we only just managed to make the most of the light. The Sista Gat Style squad met at Body and Spa at Chantillys On The Bay before heading to Korman Stadium where Marie is well-known among the tennis community. The traffic was bad so by the time we got there, we rushed through the shoot as we saw that the sun was disappearing quickly. Marie’s coach of many years spoke highly of her and told us that he is very proud of Marie for training and studying overseas and for continuing to...

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Marie Boe – Sista Gat Style

Celebrating Marie, a tennis role model, a woman whose attitude exhibites sportsmanship and a woman of true compassion. #VAN2017BronzeMedalWinner    Name Marie Boe. Age I am in my late twenties. Where are you from? I am from Pentecost. My mum is from the West Coast and my dad is from the East Coast. What do you aspire to do in the future? I am currently doing what I have always been passionate about and that is to be a tennis role model to the pikininis and the youth of Vanuatu. I am currently a Development Officer for the Vanuatu...

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Join Leimalo Surf Festival from March 28th – April 2nd

Join Vanuatu’s stoked surfers for the second annual Leimalo Surf Fest! Proudly brought to you by Law Partners, Pacific Advisory, Azure Pure Water, Dynamic Supply Co, iCount, Loic & Justine Dinh, Au Bon Marche, Breakas Beach Resort & FM107. A fusion of surfing, local surf art, Pacific and indigenous culture, environment conservation and coral planting, 2018 is a year not to be missed! Divisions include male and female pro 14 & under, pro 18 & under, open shortboard, open longboard, mixed Over 35s, the Pacific Teams Challenge and a traditional wooden surfcraft exhibition! The event is open to all...

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Inspiring women in the Pacific: Resmah’s story

MARCH 8 marks International Women’s Day. To mark the day this year the World Bank is sharing stories from inspiring young women they met from across the Pacific Islands, including Vanuatu – highlighting that one of the region’s best resources is its people and talented young women. This is a part of the ongoing series Pacific Possible, in which the World Bank spoke with young and emerging leaders from the region for their take on what’s possible for the future of their countries and the major challenges ahead. Resmah Kalotiti is the first female surfboard shaper in the Pacific,...

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Celebrating Stephanie Ephraim by French Embassy

To celebrate the International Women Day, let’s discover today Stephanie Ephraim a young feminist activist who is also a talented photographer. She will be showing her pictures at the exhibitions of the Alliance Française “Voices of Women” opening on Monday 12th March at 5pm. Stephanie, can you tell us a little bit more about your background please? Well, I have studied at Lycée Louis Antoine de Bougainville until year 13. While I was a student, I also was a rower, an athlete first and then a coach for younger girls. It was a very good experience, but in the...

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Celebrating Yasmine Bjornum by French Embassy

To celebrate the International day of Women, let’s discover the story and the ideas of Yasmine Bjornum, a young mother and feminist activist born and raised in Vanuatu. She is the founder of Sista, a women dedicated platform, which becomes more and more influent in the modern Vanuatu. She is also a talented writer who will show her poems at Alliance Française during the exhibition opening on Thursday 8th March at 5 pm called Voices of Women. Yasmine, can you tell us more about your personal history and how you decided to create Sista magazine? My father, originally from...

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Celebrating Votausi Mackenzie-Reur by French Embassy

To celebrate the International Women Day on March 8th, let’s discover some bright women from Vanuatu who are taking part in the building of the modern society. Founder of Lapita, a successful catering food business promoting local ingredients, Votausi Mackenzie-Reur tells us more about her history and the challenges of driving a business in Vanuatu. Can you tell us more about your personal history which drives you to your current position? I studied in Australia and have a degree in education specializing as a Home Economics Teacher in Secondary Schools. I taught cookery in secondary schools years ago and...

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‘Vanuatu Femmes’ exhibition launched

An exhibition called the “Vanuatu Femmes” was launched on Monday this week at Espace Alliance Française by Mrs. Jenny Tasale, the newly elected councilor of Port Vila municipality in the presence of Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Gilles Favret, French Ambassador and Mr. Georges Cumbo, Director of the Alliance Française. This exhibition, organized by Alliance Française in partnership with the French Embassy, shows the art works of five women artists of Vanuatu. Yasmine Björnum with her poems, Juliette Pita with her tapas, Marie Saint-Hilaire with her pottery, Stephanie Ephraim with her photos and Rosa Vatu with her...

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TWO MORE TC HOLA DEATHS CONFIRMED

Two primary children have been found dead after being washed away by a fast moving river near their home in south Santo last Friday, increasing cyclone Hola death toll to three. Cyclone Hola brought heavy rainfall when passing the country. The two children were swept away by the big fast-moving Navaka River when returning home from school (Saratau School), with their mother. They were reportedly taken from their mother’s grasp as they crossed the swollen river. Locals conducted a search and found the body of one of the child near the river that same day while the other was...

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59 accidents in two months

Police have recorded 59 road traffic offences which involves collisions, crashes or accidents in the first two and a half months of this year. According to statistics from the Police Commissioner Albert Nalpini, 27 of these incidents occurred in January alone, 23 in February and nine so far this month. Five of the accidents were fatal accidents. Most of the accidents were alcohol-related involving Hyundai buses and drivers of between 18 to 25 years old, he said. The Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) have faced some criticisms on social media for arriving late and being absent at the scene of...

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BOYFRIEND FOUND GUILTY OF ALICE KARIS MURDER

Philip Jimmy, accused of murdering his girlfriend, Alice Karis has been found guilty of murder in the Supreme Court. Justice David Chetwynd has convicted Jimmy on charges of Intentional homicide and premeditated homicide under section 106 (1) (b) of the Penal Code Act [CAP 135] on Friday, March 9 2018. From February 26 to March 9, 20 prosecution witnesses took the witness stand and testified against Jimmy, following events that led up to the last moments of Alice’s life. Among the witnesses was Fijian Forensic Pathologist, Dr James Kalougivak who confirmed that the deceased died of severe injuries to...

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Locally made crochet pieces for sale

Love crochet? Then why not order a pair of children’s sets, headbands or perhaps a pair of curtains or maybe a gorgeous top all made locally in Vanuatu! For more information, please visit the Crochet Vintage Facebook page. There are also handpainted curtains and lava lavas available! Check it out! Crochet pieces that are made to order and...

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Gudfala fasin blong folem bifo, long taem blong, mo afta wan hariken

Message I stp ko long every Farmers around Vanuatu Gudfala fasin blong folem bifo, long taem blong, mo afta wan hariken. Wanem blong makem befo wan hariken I kam? Garen 1. Katemaot ol lif blong banana 2. Katemaot ol han blo aelan kabis 3. Katemaot ol han o top blong maniok 4. Havestem ol banana we oli rere 5. Havestem ol wota taro we yu ting se mbae wota I save karemaot 6.karem inaf kake mo putum gud long haos. Fruit Tri 1. Havestem ol frut we I rere mo olgeta we oli klosap rere mo storem gud long...

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