The Vanuatu Prime Minister, CEO of Air Vanuatu, and Vanuatu Airport construction company... validated not one but THREE big dreams forecast in our podcast. In this podcast you will hear how blaring sirens on a quiet tropical island preceded the Prime Ministers...read more
The handing over of the Malekula Road project on Saturday, March 2 completes Phase I of the roadworks on Malekula. CCECC Managing Director said the handing over also coincides with the launching of the Malekula Phase II works.”Now, Phase II of the project on both islands will soon get underway and…”read more
As flagged on our last podcast, Richard has been on the move, visiting several Pacific Island nations in the last week. And what a lot of riveting details came to light for you on this trip! He spent some time in little-known Kiribati – listen as Richard reveals…read more
Richard Butler | RNZ | Feb 27, 2019 Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is leading a New Zealand government delegation on a Pacific regional visit this week. The New Zealand delegation is travelling to Fiji, Tuvalu, and Kiribati. “This visit is a further...read more
January 2019 once more broke records for the number of passengers processed in a year, with 515,451 people flying to or from Bauerfield Port Vila.
According to a statement released by the Airports Vanuatu Limited, January through put was stronger in…
PORT VILA, Vanuatu ― At the bustling open-air market, women in bold-patterned dresses sit behind tables laden with a dozen different types of bananas, chips made from purple taro root and mounds of dangerously red chilis. Pomelos the size of small boulders sit next to scores of emerald avocados. But there are no flimsy plastic shopping bags ― not here or anywhere else on this island nation…read more
Vanuatu’s Bauerfield International Airport is on target for completion of a US$47.7 million rehabilitation and upgrade completion by late June 2019.The bulk of the work will be completed by…read more
A hardworking 22-year-old ni-Vanuatu woman in a rural community has shared her beliefs on being independent and her dreams.
“Father Lini and our forefathers fought hard for us to be independent,” said Sandrina from Avunatari community, west Malo. “It is our duty to be glad for our independence and be independent. My dream is to be able to…read more
Air Vanuatu is set to put down a VUV850 million vatu (USD7.46 million) deposit on four Airbus narrowbodies. According to The Daily Post, Minister of Finance and Economic Management, Gaetan Pikioune, and Air Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Derek Nice, signed the instrument on February 15.
According to Nice, the jets will be…
Vanuatu is among states removed from the EU blacklist due to its intensive monitoring of financial market transactions. Others include Bosnia, Guyana, Laos, and Uganda.
The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam and Samoa to a blacklist of nations it considers a threat because of…
Richard Butler | RNZ – Andrew Thomas | February 15th, 2019.
Analysts say Australia sees China’s influence as a potential threat to sovereignty, independence, stability and even to peace.
To counter China’s growing influence in the South Pacific, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he wants to…
Paradise offers a low cost Plan B for residency. A decade of amazing growth forecast up to 300% increase in tourism. "We will triple tourism by 2030” proclaimed the head of Vanuatu tourism – our energetic VTO CEO Adela Aru – on the front page of the paper. Huh!?! ...read more
Richard Butler | RNZ Graeme Dobel | February 10th, 2019 Part of a leader’s magic is to spin a few words into political gold, capturing the moment and proclaiming the future. Think Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ‘new deal’, Winston Churchill’s ‘iron curtain’, or Ben Chifley’s...read more
Richard Butler | RNZ | February 10, 2019 THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT has congratulated Air Vanuatu on its decision to resume non-stop flights between Melbourne and Port Vila and looks forward to flights commencing on 17 June 2019. Australians represent 65 per cent of...read more
Richard Butler | RNZ | February 7th, 2019 The Government’s Energy Access Program (VEAP) is on track for implementation by mid-2019. The project, which will see distribution of grid extensions on Malekula and Santo has been made possible through a loan and grant...read more
Infrastructure + agriculture = tourism boom! How would you feel if your boss tapped you on the shoulder and said, "Oh by the way, the Prime Minister will be dropping by to check our work on your shift!"? Hear the tale of how this actually happened to some startled...read more
Air Vanuatu will add a third Australian destination to its route network from June when it begins nonstop flights to Melbourne from its Port Vila hub.read more
Richard Butler | from Defence Connect | 29 Jan 2019 Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, has travelled to Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji and the Solomon Islands, building on the Prime Minister’s recent tour of the region to strengthen Australia’s position in the Pacific. GEN Campbell was...read more
Richard Butler | from GP Fans | 28 Jan 2019 McLaren have all but confirmed that a papaya livery will remain in situ on the team's 2019 challenger – the MCL34. McLaren have teased elements of their 2019 livery more than any other team on the grid so far, with all...read more
You have to be in the Right Place at the Right Time... (and with the Right People!) to Avail Yourself of the Right Opportunity Why should the visit of the Australian Prime Minister ("SkoMo") to Vanuatu and the interview of Sir David Attenborough by Prince William all...read more
The handicraft, tour and transport operators will greatly benefit from the Ovation Of The Seas arrival, says Donald Pelam, Director of the Department of Tourismread more
Is there REALLY an "Easy Button" for navigating frustrating bureaucratic waters to obtain Residency via Investment? In recent weeks the madness of the western world has hit new peaks. More and more countries in turmoil. Thinking people are wondering if there's an...read more
...and an endless summer destination for the wealthy? This week I received a very interesting paper posing this very question: "Could Vanuatu be the next financial centre for the world? And the answer is yes! I do believe that that is a possibility. This week's...read more
Richard Butler | from ABC Rural | 30 Dec 2018 A Northern Territory mango farmer who grew cassava at the request of his Pacific Islander workers believes the plant has the potential to be a profitable crop for the Top End. When Katherine farmer Mitchael Curtis...read more
Richard Butler | Egemen Qazaqstan | 24 Dec 2018 In the village of Cook’s Bay, on the remote side of the remote island of Erromango, in the remote South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, 1-month-old Joy Nowai was given shots for hepatitis and tuberculosis that were...read more
Richard Butler | RNZ News | 24 Dec 2018 Vanuatu have defended their Oceania Women's Beach Volleyball title, denying Tahiti a clean sweep of the podiums in Papeete. Top seeds Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko defeated Emere Maau-Boutry and Vaihere Fareura 21-17 21-17 in...read more
I made a $1.5 billion mistake! in quoting infrastructure development in the South Pacific Wow... I reported last week (incorrectly as it turns out) that the Australian Government announced at APEC Papau New Guinea, it was going to provide $1.5 billion for...read more
I made a $1.5 billion mistake in quoting infrastructure development in the South Pacific (Full Article)
Richard Butler | 19th December 2018... I incorrectly reported last week the Australian Government announced at APEC Papau New Guinea was going to provide $1.5 billion for infrastructure into the South Pacific. It is now $3 billion between the Islands of the South...read more
The recent China International Import Expo (held in Shanghai from 5–10 November) represented a valuable opportunity for Pacific island countries (PICs) to promote their products to Chinese importers and consumers.read more
Issue #44 THE BIG SECRET We teased you about it last week, and now the big reveal... It's about APEC and the hopper-loads of cash cascading down on the South Pacific countries from the many benefactors at the APEC summit last month in Papua New Guinea. Are they really...read more
Richard Butler | RNZ News | 13 Dec 2018 The United States has joined a regional infrastructure development group which offers Pacific countries an alternative to Chinese finance for big projects. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced yesterday the US was adding...read more