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 their part; the Vila Central Hospital, where the chiefs of Shefa were given responsibility and the Chiefs Nakamal where Malvatumauri headed by the President, Chief Seni Mao Tirsupe, had responsibility with the support of the chiefs of other Provinces.
However, it can also be said that it was not a total success in terms of traditional protocol and the unity of the traditional leaders. This is because the chiefs of certain areas and islands of Shefa Province stayed away from the whole occasion. They were disappointed that the whole program was biased towards some provinces and did not include their decisions and plans for their participation.