Tag Archives: Vanuatu

Breaking the Spell: update on sorcery and witchcraft conference

“Widespread practice and belief in sorcery and witchcraft are not only linked to brutal violence and killings in Melanesia – they are stifling the development and modernisation of the region” writes Belinda Cranston. Read her article, or more about the … Continue reading

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Update on GEF IWRM projects in Pacific Island Countries

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Pacific Implementing Sustainable Water Resources and Wastewater Management in Pacific Island Countries project recently issued progress snapshots for: Fiji, FSM, Majuro Atoll (Marshall Islands), Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

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Tribute to the late Professor Darrell Tryon (1942-2013)

by Emeritus Professor Malcolm Ross, Pacific Linguistics, ANU. Emeritus Professor Darrell Tryon, longtime researcher into the languages of Vanuatu, the Solomons and the Loyalty Islands, died in Canberra on Wednesday 15th May at the age of 70. Darrell had been … Continue reading

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Darrell Tryon (1942-2013): A Personal Tribute

By Prof. Brij V Lal, Pacific and Asian History, ANU. By now you all will have heard of Darrell Tryon’s passing. A full account will appear in due course on his life and contribution, but for now I write simply … Continue reading

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Improved silvicultural management of Endospermum medullosum (whitewood) for enhanced plantation forestry outcomes in Vanuatu

Final Report for project FST/2005/089: Improved silvicultural management of Endospermum medullosum (whitewood) for enhanced plantation forestry outcomes in Vanuatu
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Chief Roi Mata’s Domain World Heritage site now has office on Lelepa Island

World Heritage site of the Chief Roi Mata’s Domain now has a permanent office recently opened on Lelepa Island.  The opening on 5 May 2013 marked a significant day in the history of the World Heritage site, the first World … Continue reading

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Welcome, Paul Mitchell!

Paul Mitchell has recently begun a part-time Masters by Research in Pacific History, addressing a historical topic that is of very real significance for contemporary Vanuatu, and for the people of Malekula in particular. He plans to conduct archival and … Continue reading

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Outrigger banners: Racing Canoes in Vanuatu

Racing canoes on the waterfront at Port Vila, 2nd Melanesian Arts Festival, Aug. 2002

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Kago, Kastom and Kalja: The Study of Indigenous Movements in Melanesia Today (Cahiers du Credo) (Volume 2)

Edited by Marc Tabani and Marcellin Abong, Pacific-Credo Publications (April 2013). [purchase through Amazon.com] “This volume, bringing together six ethnographic papers and an epilogue first presented at ASAO sessions in 2009 (Santa Cruz) and 2010 Alexandria), includes a wealth of … Continue reading

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Vanuatu High Commission – 1st Anniversary (22 March 2013)

A small ceremony was held on 22 March 2013 to mark the First Anniversary of the establishment of Vanuatu’s High Commission in Canberra. For more about this and future events, visit their new website.

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PNG slowdown pushing regional growth lower in the Pacific

In the latest issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor, released yesterday (March 26), the ADB forecasts that the average rate of growth in its 14 developing member countries in the Pacific region will fall to 5.2%, as earlier gains from major foreign investments and public infrastructure projects fade. The performance of the region’s larger natural resource exporting economies (Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste) continues to drive the economic outlook, […] Continue reading

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Pacific Buzz (March 27): MSG’s growing strength | Polynesian pain | PNG moves on Ok Tedi | Fiji army consolidates power

Politics MSG’s growing strength The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) continued to celebrate its silver jubilee, marking its formation in 1988, with a special Melanesia Week. There have been events in Vanuatu and Fiji to note the milestone with more to come in New Caledonia in June when it takes over the Chairmanship of the sub-regional grouping. In a recent Devpolicy interview, MSG Secretary General Peter Forau attributed MSG’s successful rise […] Continue reading

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Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships (applications now open)

Applications are now open for the 2014 round of Australia Awards Scholarships. Information for applicants, (including details of who to contact with scholarship inquiries and cut-off-dates for applications) are available on AusAID’s website. You may also view eligibility and other … Continue reading

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New website for “Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania”

Professor Margaret Jolly’s ARC Laureate Project Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania has a new website.* This project “addresses a profound and long-debated question about the historical interaction between Oceanic and western constructs of the person and contemporary controversies … Continue reading

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Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

On 14 March 1988 representatives of The Republic of the Fiji Islands, The Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, The Republic of Vanuatu and Front de Liberation Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) of New Caledonia met in Port … Continue reading

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