Foreign investors exploit cheap Vanuatu land

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Last night’s 7.30 Report saw the long awaited report on Vanuatu’s freedom being curtailed by foreign investors. The high rents are hurting, as is the understanding of the lost opportunities when millions in profits are being siphoned out of the country by the real estate industry . This industry is largely dominated by expat aussies ‘making a new start’. A … Read More

Vanuatu – The World’s Happiest People?

Karl FitzgeraldArticles, Progress Magazine17 Comments

Karl Fitzgerald As published in the Mar – April Progress magazine. Get a copy of this cane paper, veggie ink mag sent to you for 6 free editions Related Event – Thurs April 30th – Vanuatu’s Sovereignty Surrendered The World’s Happiest People A 2006 study by the New Economics Foundation and Friends of the Earth found that Vanuatu was the … Read More

Vanuatu’s Sovereignty Surrendered

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How independence was never intended to mean freedom When: Thurs April 30th, 6.30 for 6.45pm start Who: Karl Fitzgerald, Earthsharing Australia Project Coordinator and 3CR’s Renegade Economist. Download Flyer Vanuatu means ‘Eternal Land’. However, our recent visit to these idyllic lands revealed a dark side to the beauty surrounding such a community. Economic policy is out of kilter with the … Read More

Vanuatu’s Land Rights building momentum

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Following our recent visit to Vanuatu, a colleague put this together, reflecting the heartfelt concern ni-Van’s have for their rapidly dwindling land ownership. Just 29 years since independence, only 11% of land in Villa is locally owned. As Morris Kaloran states: “No matter what factory they use, they cant make any more dirt.” We will be announcing a number of … Read More

Micro States and Macro Issues

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Renegade Economists Show 414 As broadcast on the 3CR airwaves 5.30 – 6pm Wednesdays. Subscribe to the free weekly podcast. Show Notes Zbignew Dumienski (Uni of Auckland) discusses his research on the world of micro states – tiny nations making a splash in a world of big problems. We cover the usual unusual – from customary land title, fishing rights, … Read More