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Kiwi author Joy Ramirez died after falling from horse while on honeymoon in Vanuatu

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Kiwi author Joy Ramirez died after falling from horse while on honeymoon in Vanuatu

- The young New Zealand woman who died on her honeymoon in Vanuatu had suffered critical injuries after falling from a horse. Aucklander Joy Ramirez was on her honeymoon with husband Matt Weavers, when the accident happened. A Promedical Vanuatu spokesperson says Ramirez was horse riding on an island off the shore of Espiritu Santo when she came off the horse. "She received a chin injury as well as blunt force trauma to the abdomen region
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Kiwi woman Joy Ramirez dies on honeymoon in Vanuatu

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Kiwi woman Joy Ramirez dies on honeymoon in Vanuatu

- A young New Zealand woman has died while on her honeymoon in Vanuatu. Aucklander Joy Ramirez's family and friends are in shock at the death of the high-flyer who ran her own media company and has written a children's book. Ramirez married her husband Matt in March and it's understood the couple had been in the island nation on their honeymoon this week, when Ramirez died in an accident
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Vanuatu ministers to consider income tax

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Vanuatu ministers to consider income tax

- Vanuatu's controversial plan to introduce income tax has been submitted to the Council of Ministers. The proposal, vehemently opposed by the private sector, was mostly unchanged from an earlier draft. The government of prime minster Charlot Salwai pushed for income tax to increase government revenue and transparency. But opponents in the business community said it would be detrimental to Vanuatu's fragile economy and cost a lot for little gain
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Vanuatu businesses combine to build disaster resilience

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Vanuatu businesses combine to build disaster resilience

- Businesses in Vanuatu are combining forces to build resilience in their communities. They have established the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee to co-ordinate between the government, its agencies and business operators to strengthen responses to disasters. It was brought together by the National Disaster Management Office with help from the United Nations Development Programme and grew out of the country's experiences during Cyclone Pam more than two years ago
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Vanuatu stress on farming skills ahead of the keyboard

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Vanuatu stress on farming skills ahead of the keyboard

- Vanuatu's Agriculture College on Santo Island has challenged students to show their interest to learn to till the land before they learn to use the computer. A spokesman for the College said the majority of students in Year 10 junior secondary schools and senior secondary schools believe the first thing to learn was to use a computer. But the spokesman said an appreciation of tilling the land is essential for survival because everyone had eat to live
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Rais wa Visiwa vya Vanuatu afariki dunia

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Rais wa Visiwa vya Vanuatu afariki dunia

- Vanuatu. Rais wa visiwa vya Vanuatu, Baldwin Lonsdale amefariki dunia kwa kile kinachodaiwa kuwa ni mshtuko wa moyo leo. Lonsdale ambaye pia ni Kasisi wa Anglikana amekuwa kiongozi wa kisiwa hicho cha Pacific kwa miaka miwili tangu Septemba 2014. Gazeti la Daily Post nchini Vanuatu limesema kuwa Lonsdale alifariki ghafla kwenye mji mkuu wa Port Vila usiku wa kuamkia leo. Akiwa rais, Lonsdale aliongoza ujenzi mpya wa maeneo ya kisiwa hicho kufuatia uharibifu uliosababishwa na kimbunga cha Pam kilichosababisha watu 75,000 kukosa makazi mwezi Machi mwaka 2015
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Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale dies in Port Vila after sudden heart attack

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Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale dies in Port Vila after sudden heart attack

- Vanuatu's widely revered President, Baldwin Lonsdale, has died after suffering a sudden heart attack in the Pacific island nation's capital of Port Vila. Mr Baldwin, who had served as President since September 2014, died in the early hours of Saturday morning. Dan McGarry, media director at the Vanuatu Daily Post, said hundreds of people had stood in a vigil held after Mr Lonsdale's death to pay their respects to the highly regarded head of state
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Vanuatu says 'no' to free trade deal

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Vanuatu says 'no' to free trade deal

- The region's trade body says Vanuatu's sudden decision to not sign the PACER-Plus agreement came as an absolute shock. The regional free trade agreement, which had been negotiated for nearly a decade, would be signed by the region's trade ministers in Tonga this week. But on Thursday, Vanuatu's government said it would not sign the agreement, joining two of the Pacific's other large economies, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, in refusing to do so
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World Bank announces project to bring renewable energy to 45,000 people in Vanuatu

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World Bank announces project to bring renewable energy to 45,000 people in Vanuatu

- The World Bank has announced that 45,000 people in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu are set to get access to renewable energy. In an announcement on Wednesday, the World Bank said its board of executive directors had approved $4 million for the Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project II, or VREP II, which will be co-funded by the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program and the government of New Zealand
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Chinese firms to do further Vanuatu airport upgrades

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Chinese firms to do further Vanuatu airport upgrades

- The Vanuatu Government has today signed a second contract with two Chinese companies for airport upgrades - this time at two key provincial airports. The contract for Santo's Pekoa and Tanna's Whitegrass involves upgrades that are being funded by the World Bank. The two companies, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and its joint venture partner, Northwest Civil Construction Group, two weeks ago also signed a contract for the much bigger rebuild and restoration of Port Vila's Bauerfield Airport
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Contract signed for Vanuatu airport upgrade

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Contract signed for Vanuatu airport upgrade

- Vanuatu's government has signed an agreement for rehabilitation works at the country's beleaguered international airport. The contract was signed with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and its joint venture partner, Northwest Civil Construction Group. Under the World Bank-funded upgrade, the work will see the runway, taxiway and aprons at the Port Vila airport reconstructed. The upgrade was hurriedly negotiated last year, after Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia cancelled their servies to Vanuatu, citing safety concerns
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Vanuatu's new Police Commissioner officially appointed

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Vanuatu's new Police Commissioner officially appointed

- Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale has handed a letter of appointment to the new Police Commissioner Albert Nalpini at the state house in Port Vila. The official appointment follows the court settlement of attempts, going back to last year, to delay Mr Nalpini's appointment. President Lonsdale urged the new commissioner to make one of his priorities uniting all force members and to ensure there is discipline
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Tropical Cyclone Donna lashes Vanuatu and New Caledonia

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Tropical Cyclone Donna lashes Vanuatu and New Caledonia

- Tropical Cyclone Donna passed just to the west of Vanuatu over the weekend bringing flooding rains and damaging winds. The storm is now in the process of drifting just east of New Caledonia. The winds may have eased significantly, but it is still capable of causing extensive damage and widespread flooding is inevitable. At its strongest, Donna's winds reach 215 kilometres an hour with gusts of up to 260km/h
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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, wind gusts hit 300kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, wind gusts hit 300kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

- Wind gusts from Cyclone Donna - the strongest May cyclone ever to hit Southern Hemisphere - hit 300kmh, reports say. After battering Vanuatu at the weekend, Donna has gone on to become a Category 5 storm, CNN's Severe Weather Team said on Monday morning (NZT). Gusts close to the centre had been estimated to be as strong as 300kmh on Monday night, according to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards department, with the storm projected to make landfall late on Tuesday
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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, winds up to 300kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, winds up to 300kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

- Wind gusts from Cyclone Donna - the strongest May cyclone ever to hit Southern Hemisphere - have hit 300kmh, reports say. After battering Vanuatu at the weekend, Donna has gone on to become a Category 5 storm, CNN's Severe Weather Team said on Monday morning (NZT). Gusts close to the centre were estimated to be as strong as 300kmh, according to the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards department, with the storm projected to make landfall late on Tuesday
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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, winds up to 260kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

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Cyclone Donna rises to Category 5, winds up to 260kmh near Vanuatu, New Caledonia

- After battering Vanuatu at the weekend, Cyclone Donna has gone on to become the strongest May cyclone ever to hit the Southern Hemisphere. CCN's Severe Weather Team said the Pacific cyclone hit Category 5 - the strongest category- on Monday morning (NZT). CNN's Severe Weather Team told New Zealand weather forecasting site WeatherWatch - an affiliate of the Network - it had measured sustained winds of 215 kilometres an hour, with gusts up to 260kmh
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Some day my prince will come, say Vanuatu worshippers of Britain's Prince Philip

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Some day my prince will come, say Vanuatu worshippers of Britain's Prince Philip

- TANNA ISLAND, Vanuatu (REUTERS) - The retirement of Britain's Prince Philip from public life led world headlines on Thursday (May 4), but his most devout and remote followers have only just heard the news. A tribe in Vanuatu was shocked and dismayed to discover on Saturday that the man they pray to as the son of an ancestral local mountain god will likely never return to their Pacific Island home
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Kiwi author Joy Ramirez died after falling from horse while on honeymoon in Vanuatu
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Kiwi woman Joy Ramirez dies on honeymoon in Vanuatu
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Vanuatu ministers to consider income tax
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Vanuatu calls for EU partnership to serve needs of Pacific people
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NZ appoints new high commissioner to Vanuatu
NZ appoints new high commissioner to Vanuatu Diplomat Jonathan Schwass has been appointed New Zealand's high commissioner to Vanuatu. Mr Schwass is currently unit manager of the South East Asia Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was previously ambassador to Timor-Leste. New Zealand's foreign minister Gerry Brownlee said Mr Schwass would lead the delivery of New Zealand's Official Development Programme in Vanuatu, helping to oversee $US60 million of investment over three years with a focus on tourism, agriculture, renewable energy and education   Read More ...
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Jonathan Schwass Appointed New High Commissioner to Vanuatu
Press Release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Deve. In the last year, more than 4,000 Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu were in New Zealand representing about 40 per cent of the total workers in the scheme.New High Commissioner to Vanuatu. Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced diplomat Jonathan Schwass as High Commissioner to Vanuatu. “New Zealand and Vanuatu have close and long-standing ties,” Mr Brownlee says   Read More ...
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Vanuatu businesses combine to build disaster resilience
Vanuatu businesses combine to build disaster resilience Businesses in Vanuatu are combining forces to build resilience in their communities. They have established the Vanuatu Business Resilience Committee to co-ordinate between the government, its agencies and business operators to strengthen responses to disasters. It was brought together by the National Disaster Management Office with help from the United Nations Development Programme and grew out of the country's experiences during Cyclone Pam more than two years ago   Read More ...
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Vanuatu govt speaks out on gender violence
Vanuatu govt speaks out on gender violence The Vanuatu Ministry of Justice and Community Services has spoken out strongly about violence against women and girls. The Daily Post newspaper reports the Minister, Ronald Warsal saying the ministry is deeply concerned by the recent increase in reported violent attacks on women across Vanuatu. He said the violent attacks by men on women and girls are criminal acts and violate the victims' fundamental human rights   Read More ...
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Vanuatu's Natuman wants permanent RAMSI model
Vanuatu's Natuman wants permanent RAMSI model Vanuatu's deputy prime minister said the Pacific Islands Forum should consider a Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands type arrangement for member countries. Vanuatu's deputy prime minister said the Pacific Islands Forum should consider a Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands type arrangement for member countries. Joe Natuman said the Forum should consider having a permanent model or arrangement like that of the RAMSI which concluded a 14 year peace and state building mission in Solomon Islands last month   Read More ...
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Solomon Islands will host first rugby league test with Vanuatu in October
Solomon Islands will host first rugby league test with Vanuatu in October Solomon Islands will host its first ever rugby league test when they host Vanuatu in Honiara in October. It will be the third test between the Melanesian neighbours, with Vanuatu victorious in the inaugural clash in Mackay in 2013 and in Port Vila last year. Solomon Islands Rugby League President Jerry Tengemoana said they appreciate Vanuatu agreeing to visit the Solomon Islands so they can showcase test match rugby league to the country   Read More ...
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New Vanuatu co-operative aims to boost local craft sales
New Vanuatu co-operative aims to boost local craft sales In Vanuatu, women selling handicrafts at the Port Vila market have set up a co-operative society to buy quality items made in the outer islands. The president of the Bulvanua Arts & Handicrafts Co-operative Society, Rosalie Vatu, says the main purpose of the co-operative is to buy woven baskets, mats, fans, beads and carvings made in the islands to sell to tourists   Read More ...
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China shares 'fruits of growth' with Vanuatu
China shares 'fruits of growth' with Vanuatu China has gifted US$70,000 of parliamentary equipment to Vanuatu including 52 mobile phones for each MP. The Vanuatu Daily Post reports the Chinese ambassador Liu Quan handed the equipment over to the speaker Esmon Saimonat at ceremony on Monday. Mr Liu says China and Vanuatu enjoy a strategic relationship based on mutual respect and common understanding. He says China's intention is not to exert control but rather to share the "fruits of growth" with the peoples of the South Pacific   Read More ...
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Vanuatu road crash victims flown home today
Vanuatu road crash victims flown home today In Vanuatu, the Employment Services Unit of the Labour Department says the bodies of the three ni-Vanuatu who died in a road accident in Cairns, Australia, are being repatriated to Port Vila on Air Vanuatu tonight. The Daily Post newspaper said one victim was from Mele village outside Port Vila in Shefa Province while one victim is from Malo Island in Sanma Province and the third was from Ambae in Penama Province   Read More ...
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