Vanuatu misses out on Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam; World War II museum gets go ahead in Luganville

Traditional canoes at yesterday's opening ceremony of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Hagåtña, Guam. Photo: Edward B. San Nicolas via Facebook

Vanuatu should have been represented: Traditional canoes at yesterday’s opening ceremony of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Hagåtña, Guam. Photo: Edward B. San Nicolas via Facebook

Politicians are blamed for the loss of the budget for Vanuatu to attend the 12th Pacific Arts Festival taking place in Guam. Cultural Centre (VKS) Director Lazaire Asal tells Jonas Cullwick in today’s Daily Post that the budget he prepared when previously Director last year never made it to that government’s Ministerial Budget Committee. Great changes in VKS personnel and the Vanuatu Cultural Council were made by the government then, but many were reversed after the elections this year. Asal was returned to his post earlier this year, only to find there was no longer a budget for the Festival.

The World War II Museum for Luganville is to go ahead with the signing of the lease in the northern town by Lands Minister Regenvanu and the Chairman of the Elwood J Euart Association. This charitable trust has been established by residents of Luganville for the purpose of building and running the new museum. (Daily Post)

Luganville has resumed receiving cruise ships after an eight-month delay, now at the 450m new NISCOL wharf at which Daily Post has a page 1 photo of Pacific Pearl towering over everything.

Virgin Australia is resuming flights to Vanuatu today.

Two Iauko Group politicians and one from the Presidential Party have joined former PM Kilman in the People’s Progressive Party. They are MPs Hosea Nevu, Mark Ati and Samson Samsen. All are from Santo constituencies.