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Sport: Vanuatu defend Oceania beach volley title

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...

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006 I made a $1.5 Bn Mistake (Oops!)

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...

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The Big Secret [Vanuatu Dreaming #44]

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...

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US joins Pacific infrastructure development group

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...

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NZ ups its diplomatic presence in Pacific

Winston Peters Photo: New Zealand Herald/Jason Oxenham Richard Butler | RNZ | 4 Dec 2018 New Zealand foreign affairs minister Winston Peters says New Zealand is to create 14 new diplomatic posts as part of its so called ‘Pacific Reset’. The reset aims...

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Asphalt construction works commence on Bauerfield runway

Asphalt works on the Bauerfield runway has started following initial trials and testing early this month. Richard Butler | Daily Post | 3 Dec 2018 Asphalt construction works have commenced on the runway at Bauerfield international airport, following initial...

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It’s Time! [Vanuatu Dreaming #42]

Issue #42 It's Time!   Is Vanuatu and the South Pacific the last frontier for development funding in the southern hemisphere?! Yes its time, time to view offshore investment into Vanuatu and specifically into Pacific Haven Resort, after waiting for the airport to be...

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Tourism growth could expand to unforeseen numbers

Richard Butler | Island Life | 23 Nov 2018 The tourism industries of SPTO member countries will benefit from the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) through the promotion of the China Pacific Tourism Year 2019 (CPTY). This was announced by President Xi Jinping on Friday...

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Tonga and Vanuatu join China’s Belt and Road

Richard Butler| from RNZ  |  20 November 2018 Tonga and Vanuatu have signed up to China’s Belt and Road initiative. The announcements came on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea last week. Tonga’s memorandum of understanding on Belt and Road was...

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Why Consider Investment in Vanuatu? [Vanuatu Dreaming #40]

Issue #40 Why Consider Investment in Vanuatu? Great question and we have an answer: "Its Time!" I have had 10 years to mull over this question and now will be presenting again an ongoing series of podcasts weekly. You will be helped to look at securing an alternative...

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Australia’s plan to challenge China in the South Pacific

Richard Butler | CNN | 9 Nov 2018 Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands at a news conference at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing Thursday. Dr. John Lee is senior fellow at the Hudson Institute (Washington)...

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Vanuatu launches new Dept of Climate Change

Vanuatu parliament building in the capital Port Vila. Photo: RNZI/ Walter Zweifel Richard Butler | RNZ News | 25 Sept 2018 The Vanuatu goverment is working towards setting up its first Department of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. The Daily Post newspaper...

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Vanuatu PM hails bilateral ties with China

Vanuatu PM hails bilateral ties with China Richard Butler | Xinhua | 22 Sept 2018 Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has hailed the island nation's good relationship with China, saying that China-Vanuatu relations will continue to grow from strength to strength....

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Even Faster Internet access for Vanuatu

Richard Butler | Loopvanuatu.com | 19 Sept 2018 Submarine Cable owner and operator Interchange Limited has delivered a 42% reduction off the regulated wholesale pricing of the Submarine Cable to Telecom Vanuatu Ltd (TVL) and Digicel (Vanuatu) Ltd as of 1 September...

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Chinese travel brands soaring to new heights

Richard Butler | Orange business | 10 Sept 2018 The rise of Chinese travel, both domestic and outbound, has been facilitated in large part by the large number of Chinese airlines. Naturally, the value and reach of these airline brands is growing, at least according...

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Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project update for Bauerfield

Richard Butler | Vanuatu Daily Post, Jane Joshua | 26th Aug, 2018The Government and its partners in the Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project (VAIP) are committed to providing regular updates about construction works at the country’s three main airports.At Bauerfield,...

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Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project update for Bauerfield

Richard Butler | Daily Post | 27 Aug 2018 The Government and its partners in the Vanuatu Aviation Investment Project (VAIP) are committed to providing regular updates about construction works at the country’s three main airports. At Bauerfield, the contractors China...

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Vanuatu revenue soars from passport sales

Post by Richard Butler | RNZ | Aug 21st, 2018 Passport sales in Vanuatu have exceeded expectations, bringing in $US16 million in the first quarter of this year, or more than three times what was budgeted Since 2015, the country has offered honorary citizenship to...

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China: Come of age?

Richard Butler | Xinhua | Aug 17th 2018 CHINA finally seems to have completed its coming of age, and now has the power and money to disrupt diplomatic relations around the world. After decades of taking its neighbours for granted, Australia is starting to wake up to...

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Virgin Oz mulls deploying Tigerair on South Pacific routes

Richard Butler | Ch Aviation | Aug 17th 2018 Virgin Australia Holdings is considering deploying its Tigerair Australia (TT, Melbourne Tullamarine) unit on South Pacific routes, a filing with Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC) has revealed. In an...

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US troops to begin aid mission on Vanuatu island

Richard Butler | Stripes.com | July 14th 2018 U.S. troops will conduct humanitarian operations next week on a South Pacific island that, some have speculated, is eyed by China as a potential overseas military base. About 65 U.S. troops will provide humanitarian...

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