Vanuatu Celebrates National Chiefs' Day With Reopening Of Port Vila Nakamal

National Chiefs Nakamal was heavily damaged by Cyclone Pam 2 years ago

By Len Garae

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 7, 2017) – Today is the national Chiefs’ Day, a public holiday in Vanuatu.Communities around the country are expected to celebrate this day with their chiefs.

These celebrations usually reflect appreciation to chiefs for the work they do in communities for their people.

In Port Vila today also a major event will take place next to the Vanuatu Cultural Centre at the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs headquarters.

Today’s double celebration in the Capital will recognize chiefs as well as see the re-opening of the National Chiefs Nakamal that was damaged two years ago when Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc in most of the islands in Vanuatu.

The Chiefs Nakamal has been built this time stronger and with new features.

The first new feature to the Chiefs Nakamal is a new veranda that is attached to the main entrance complete with a lounge-like concrete floor and a concrete slope that connects with the flat surface at the door.

Chief Executive Officer of the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs, Chief Jean Pierre Tom explains that the current design has taken into account the need for people living with disability to be able to enter the nakamal on a wheelchair.

Also in times of a traditional state funeral, a vehicle carrying the casket can drive up the slope for the President of the Malvatumuari to receive it on the flat concrete floor.

Another totally new feature is a long veranda on the northern side of the nakamal, with a cleverly designed Malvatumauri Chamber at the Eastern end of the building.

The Chamber is restricted to the members of the Council for their meetings.

There is a Custom Protocol Officer’s Desk and a Catering Space inside the entrance to the building. You have to be inside to believe it.

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