Posts Tagged ‘Vanuatu’

Vanuatu declares a climate emergency

Monday, May 30th, 2022

Vanuatu has become the first Pacific Small Island Developing State to declare it is facing a climate emergency. In a Twitter post, the leader of the opposition Ralph Regenvanu announced parliament passed a 17-point resolution declaring a climate emergency on Friday. Mr Regenvanu said under Point 1 of the resolution, “The Parliament declares that a Read more

Cyclone relief for Pasifika nations in the COVID-19 era

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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The relationship Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand (CANZ) has developed through long-term communication and close cooperation with the Diocese of Port Vila has enabled to provide quick and effective cyclone relief after Harold hit Vanuatu. The possibility of introducing COVID-19 in the Pacific has complicated efforts to provide efforts to get support on the ground in Read more

Charlie Randle – 77 and still on his bike to help children in Vanuatu

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

77-year-old Br Charles ‘Charlie’ Randle is planning a bike ride of 500+ kilometres as part of his recovery programme after having a second knee replacement. His bike trip will also be raising money for the education of kindergarten children in two communities in Vanuatu. The Society of Mary looks after primary schools in the communities Read more

Unprecedented outpouring of grief at funeral for President Lonsdale

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

The people of Vanuatu showed their love for President Baldwin Lonsdale who died on 17 June by turning out in their thousands for his funeral and procession to the airport. His sudden death was as a result of a heart attack. He was 67. Lonsdale, who served as president from 22 September 2014 until he Read more

Record breaking cyclone a direct result of climate change?

Monday, May 8th, 2017

On Monday Cyclone Donna spiked at category 5 with winds sustained at 215km/h and gusting 260km/h, making it the strongest ever May cyclone recorded in the entire Southern Hemisphere. Climate scientist Jim Salinger  said Donna’s lateness and intensity is a direct result of a changing climate. He said late cyclones such as Donna were rare, Read more

Caritas worker in Vanuatu impressed by people’s resilience

Friday, April 10th, 2015

What struck me most about the situation was the resilience of the people”, says Mark Mitchell. Mitchell is the Humanitarian Programmes Coordinator for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. “Despite all they have gone through they are simply getting on with the business of rebuilding their homes and livelihoods.” Mitchell has been in Vanuatu, as part of Read more

Cyclone Pam – 9 bags of Rice and 200L of water for 1200

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Food and water as well as shelter are a major concern for the people of Vanuatu. Residents on the outer island of Enae say they will run out of food and water in a week and desperately need help. Health worker Donald Kalsong said some supplies have reached Enae, but not enough. He said only Read more

Vanuatu Bishop says shelter a priority

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

“In Port Vila the destruction is everywhere, and there’s no news from anyone around the islands yet,” says the Bishop of Port Vila, John Bosco Baremes. “There’s just no shelter, with so much having been blown away, and people will need somewhere to shelter while they rebuild.” Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Caritas Australia are Read more

Vanuatu Christian Council condemns sorcery hangings

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Vanuatu Christian Council has condemned the hanging of two suspected sorcerers on the island of Akaham in South Malekula. The general secretary of the Council, Shem Temar, told Radio Australia International that pastors are supposed to promote Christian values which includes respect for human life. He said more information was needed before he could comment Read more

Sorcery – pastors and chiefs arrested after hangings in Vanuatu

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Police have arrested suspects on the island of Akaham in South Malekula in Vanuatu following the killing of two people over allegations of sorcery and witchcraft. Those arrested include church pastors and customary chiefs. According to the Daily Post, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, John Taleo, has described the killings as brutal and unlawful murders. Read more