Vanuatu Regional And International News Reports - A handy index of news items mentioning Vanuatu from all round the world.
The Jet Newspaper
Vanuatu poised for a surfing breakthrough
Vanuatu is on the verge of challenging the world's best surfing countries after an impressive win at the Melanesian Surf Cup on the weekend. Vanuatu dominated the different divisions at Cloudbreak in Fiji to win the Melanesian Cup ahead of New ...
FSA's annual melanesian surfing event
Vanuatu court condemns child compensation
The Supreme Court in Vanuatu has condemned as "inhumane" a traditional practise on the island of Tanna of providing a substitute child to a family who loses a child to tragedy. Vanuatu court condemns child compensation (Credit: ABC). A court decision ...
Chiefs opposed to new Vanuatu land legislation
A council of chiefs on Vanuatu's main island of Efate has called on Parliament to refuse to pass legislation to reform laws governing ownership of tradition land. Chiefs opposed to new Vanuatu land legislation (Credit: ABC). The Chairman of Vaturisu ...
True blue Luganville
I applied for a two-year Volunteer Service Aboard (VSA) assignment based on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu and I live in the main town, Luganville. What do you do there? I work as a waste management adviser for the Luganville Municipal Council ...
Vanuatu nurses want health minister removed
Radio New Zealand International
More than 100 nurses in Vanuatu are calling for the removal of the health minister, Serge Vohor. The nurses, who are members of the Vanuatu Nurses Association, have sent a petition to the prime minister, Moana Carcasses. They are unhappy at Mr Vohor's ...
Vanuatu MP calls for audit of aviation sector
Radio New Zealand International
A Vanuatu Member of Parliament is calling for an audit of the country's aviation sector. The MP for the island of Epi, Robert Bohn, says he thinks the director of the Civil Aviation Authority is incompetent for the job and believes Airports Vanuatu ...
Midweek Interview with Anne Morris, Australian Representative, Vanuatu ...
The things I like about my job are… The varied work in marketing a destination, the people I meet whilst in Vanuatu and the industry in Australia. I love showing agents and product managers the beauty and diversity of the islands of Vanuatu and ...
Spell of kava relaxes Vanuatu
"Ronnie's Nakamal, please," I tell the minibus driver as I pull the sliding door shut. It's dusk in Vanuatu and Port Vila locals are heading out for knock-off drinks. But most won't be sinking beers or glasses of wine, they'll be slurping shells of ...
Vanuatu to open warning centre to help cope with natural disasters
Vanuatu is opening a National Warning Centre in Port Vila to help the Pacific Islands nations assess the threats posed by natural hazards such as volcanoes, cyclones and tsunamis. It will be formally opened by Prime Minister Moana Carasses Kalosil today.
Vanuatu disaster warning facility one of several new measures
Indigenous people, not Australians, should determine Vanuatu's future
To visiting Australians, my home, the island nation of Vanuatu, is either paradise or a Third World backwater. Holidaymakers prize our beaches and clear waters. But workers from aid organisations such as AusAID see limited employment opportunities and ...
A popular Australian helicopter pilot was killed on a Vanuatu island after a cable dangling beneath his aircraft clipped trees, an investigation has found.
Veteran flyer Phil Cotter was helping build a telecommunications tower two kilometres from Unua village, on Malekula, in the Vanuatu archipelago, on August 26, 2011.
The 62-year-old, originally from NSW, spent much of the day shuttling materials, fuel and water between Unua and the construction site using a metal cargo cable slung under his MD Helicopters 369D five-seater.
But late in the afternoon, as Mr Cotter and his two passengers approached the tiny village one last time, the cable clipped some trees and flew up into the chopper blades.
The contact instantly rendered the aircraft uncontrollable and it plunged 15 metres to the ground, killing Mr Cotter - who just a month earlier had featured in a Nine Network documentary.
His two passengers were injured but survived.
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation report, published on Tuesday, found that Mr Cotter was probably unaware the cargo cable was still attached to the aircraft when it crashed.
'Therefore (he) did not take into account its length when assessing the required terrain clearance during the final approach to the village,' the report stated.
The ATSB also found Mr Cotter and his passengers were not wearing helmets or the installed shoulder harnesses - both of which might have helped prevent their injuries.
Lots of tributes have been written about Mr Cotter since his death.
His mates have described how the fun-loving former Queensland cattle musterer became well-known for flying in a tee-shirt, shorts and thongs.
Mr Cotter spent time working in the mineral exploration industry in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Burma before settling in Vanuatu during the 1980s.
He appeared in an episode the Nine Network's 60 Minutes program about Vanuatu's volcanic Mount Marum in July 2011.