Between the Lines

Vanuatu sold Chinese-made planes  

Just for the record. The three Harbin Y12F aircraft that the Vanuatu government bought from the Chinese in 2009 were sold in 2015, ironically to make way for new Twin Otter aircraft.


Nukualofa a phone call away

Should the Government decide to go ahead to purchase Chinese-made aircraft, it would probably help getting the advice of their friends in Nukualofa. They’ve been having problems with their Chinese-gifted planes in recent years.


Over-the-counter sales of poison

Thumbs up to local vet Lilomaiava Ken Lameta for details on the poisonous weed killer that criminals are using to kill man (and woman’s) best friends! It is time for the relevant ministry to do an audit of businesses that sell the poison over the counter. 


Man’s best friend still targeted

There are cities around the world with similar experiences of thieves poisoning dogs before they pounced on unsuspecting residents. In November 2015 vets in Durban, South Africa cautioned pet owners to be aware of robbers who used acidic spray on dogs before they struck. 


Life foundations begin at home

Interesting comparisons of Australian and Samoan students by visiting Australian educationists and the reference to cultural values is duly noted. The ethos of self reliance, respect and resourcefulness is ingrained at home.


Congrats Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen

Congratulations to lawyer Dr Manu Tupou-Roosen for taking the top job at the Forum Fisheries Agency (F.A.A.) in Honiara. The Tongan national was the legal counsel at the secretariat in the Solomon Islands before her elevation.


A goldmine for Pacific Islanders 

Fisheries and tuna is a goldmine for Pacific Island nations and it is only right that Pacific Islander is at the helm of the agency tasked with the responsibility to govern and protect this resource.

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